The arts are at “the very heart” of the BBC

Director general Tony Hall has today announced a range of new arts programmes and strands which he said would put the arts at “the very heart” of what the BBC does. The new commissions include content overseen by Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold and a dedicated evening of content on BBC Radio 3 marking Paines Plough’s 40th anniversary.

Alongside the new commissions, National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner has joined the BBC executive board and Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone has become a ‘creative leader’. Featherstone will work with the BBC Writersroom to “nurture” new writers across all of the Corporation’s platforms.

Hall has also announced more arts programming for young people and expanded online coverage, including exclusive content on the iPlayer.

Hall said: “Arts programming sits right at the heart of the BBC and is a vital part of who we are. But I want us to be much more ambitious. We need to showcase more of the incredible talent that this country has to offer to the widest possible audiences. I want BBC Arts and BBC Music to sit proudly alongside BBC News. The arts are for everyone and from now on, BBC Arts will be at the very heart of what we do. We will be joining up arts on the BBC like never before – across television, radio and digital.

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