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BBC appoints strategy chief

UK public broadcaster the BBC has appointed Gautam Rangarajan director of strategy.

Having been a radio producer at the BBC, Rangarajan has been in the pubcaster’s strategy team for five years taking a lead role in director general Tony Hall’s recent strategy review.

In his new role Rangarajan will report to James Purnell, the former UK politician and culture secretary who is the BBC’s overall strategy and digital boss. He joined last year on a £295,000 (US$486,000) a year contract.

BBC director general, Tony Hall, said: “With his extensive experience of the BBC and his forensic insight into the broadcasting industry, Gautam was the outstanding candidate. His breadth of knowledge and intellect will provide strong leadership as we prepare for the BBC’s centenary in 2022.”

Rangarajan said: “The BBC is a force for good in this country and around the world. It’s an honour for me to be asked to lead the strategy team that will be shaping the BBC’s future direction.”