Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television is to leave the corporation next month, “to pursue a new leadership challenge”.
In his current role and in previously as controller of BBC One Cohen has overseen a string of hits including Call The Midwife, Poldark, Last Tango In Halifax as well as the ratings and critical flop that was Don’t Scare The Hare.
The departing executive said: “After eight wonderful years at the BBC, it is time for my next big challenge. BBC Television is on brilliant creative form.
“I feel very privileged to have led Television for the world’s finest public service broadcaster and to have worked with so many smart and talented people.”
BBC Director-General Tony Hall described Cohen as “one of TV’s great talents,” adding: “I want to wish him well for the future.”
The corporation says Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, will take on Cohen’s responsibilities until an permanent appointment is made.