Rothery appointed head of pop music and television at BBC

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Jonathan Rothery has been appointed head of pop music, television at the BBC.

Under Lorna Clarke, BBC Music Director, Rothery’s tenure will focus solely on pop music commissions across TV, iPlayer and Digital, while working with radio and BBC Sounds to deliver the entire portfolio. He will take up his new duties on September 12.

Clarke commented: “With over 20 years working in television, Jonathan now brings his incredible skills and experience as a hugely respected program maker, executive producer and curator to the BBC music team. Having worked at a senior level across a huge range of content and formats, I look forward to seeing him bring his true love for music, his creativity and his vision as he joins the BBC to deliver our world-class programming on all our platforms.

Rothery added: “I feel very privileged to have spent 10 years commanding such a wide range of shows and working with such amazing people at Channel 4. The opportunity to set my sights back on music TV and more particularly helping to build on the amazing list of shows the BBC has to offer is a dream role for me.

Rothery joined Channel 4 as Editor-in-Chief in 2012 to oversee programming for live music events including the V Festival, Mercury Music Prize and iTunes Festival. Its music programming commissions include four on the ground and international hits John and Yoko: Above us, only the sky; and George Michael: Freedom. Since 2018, he has also commanded popular entertainment programs, overseeing shows such as Sunday Brunch, Tattoo fixers and 8 out of 10 cats. Recent commissions are Joe Lycett Supports You, Johnny Vegas Keeps Glamping, Rosie Jones Trip Hazard and the upcoming Roku co-funded reality series, tempting fortune.

Before joining Channel 4, as Music and Entertainment Editor at Sky, Rothery oversaw folk festivals on the Isle of Wight, Latitude and Cambridge, and produced shows such as Popworld (C4), 4 Music Presents (C4) and Big Brother’s Little Brother (C4/ E4). Prior to that, while at BBC Music Entertainment, he worked on shows such as top pops, Later… with Jools Holland and Glastonbury Festival.

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