Deirdre Brennan joins BBC Worldwide

Deirdre Brennan has been drafted into the role of  director of television for BBC Worldwide’s channels.  

The announcement:

BBC Worldwide Australia has appointed Deirdre Brennan as the Director of Television for its Channels business. She will join the company on August 25.

She will be responsible for production, programming, acquisitions, on-air promotions and presentation for BBC Worldwide’s portfolio of channels within Australasia: UKTV and UKTV NZ, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies.

Deirdre has extensive experience in Australian television. She joins BBC Worldwide from Nickelodeon Australia, where she has been Director of Programming since 2007. Under her leadership, the network twice won ASTRA’s Channel of the Year (2007, 2009). Prior to this, she was ABC Kids Programmer at the national broadcaster.

She has worked in multi-genre acquisitions as a Programming Executive for the ABC, and has also held senior marketing, production and event management roles. Deirdre began her career as a presenter on community radio and has held a variety of on-air and on-camera roles.

She is also a Member of the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences.

Tony Iffland, BBC Worldwide Australia’s General Manager, said “Deirdre brings a wealth of knowledge, vision and skill to this role. She has made a dynamic contribution to Australia’s subscription television industry. BBC Worldwide Channels is set for an exciting period of growth, and Deirdre is ideally suited to strengthen its position in the Australasian television landscape.”

Deirdre Brennan added: “It is a great privilege to join Tony Iffland and the BBC Worldwide Channels team. The opportunity to be involved with their unique content and brands is incredibly exciting.”

Deirdre replaces Brendan Dahill, who will leave BBC Worldwide on August 5.

Source: BBC worldwide press release


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