Review halts search for BBC procurement chief

26 July 2000
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27 July 2000 | Liam O'Brien

The search for a new head of procurement at the BBC has been put on hold while director-general Greg Dyke carries out a management shake-up.

Executive search company PricewaterhouseCoopers has been told to stop looking for a replacement for Liz Wilkinson, who left at the end of January. It had been unable to locate a suitable candidate, despite offering a salary of around £100,000 a year. Wilkinson was paid £65,000.

An outline of Dyke's review, disclosed earlier this month, said procurement would be subsumed within the finance department from October, along with travel and transport, property services and facilities management.

Dyke's aim is to cut the BBC's running costs from 24 per cent of its total income to 15 per cent over five years, freeing up £200 million a year to make television programmes.

A senior BBC insider told SM that a procurement head would be appointed, but only when the precise changes to the function had been determined. He denied that it might be scaled down in size. Job functions and priorities are, however, likely to be changed.

The appointee will oversee the BBC's £600 million non-broadcast procurement spend.


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