Will Wyatt

Former MD, BBC Network Television


WILL WYATT CBE, began as a journalist trainee on the Sheffield Morning Telegraph before working as a journalist, producer and executive at the BBC. He produced arts and documentary films (Late Night Line Up, The Book Programme,et al) then was Head of Documentaries and Features through the eighties commissioning Around the World in Eighty Days, Crimewatch UK, Forty Minutes, Auschwitz and the Allies et al. Wrote the BBC guidelines on violence in programmes. Was Managing Director Television 1991-6 renewing BBC strength in classic drama (Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch) and big documentary series (Death of Yugoslavia, Nazis: A Warning from History, Simon Schama’s History of Britain). He was Chief Executive BBC Broadcast 1996-9, responsible for the BBC’s UK television, radio and internet services, launching the digital channels, deputy to the Director-General. He was Vice-President of the European Broadcasting Union and from 2000-4 President of the Royal Television Society.

His book “The Fun Factory – A Life in the BBC” was published in 2003.

His first book was “The Man Who Was B.Traven”(Cape 1980) –based on his documentary B.Traven: A Mystery Solved – and he has written widely on broadcasting.

After leaving the BBC he was a director of Coral Eurobet and of the Vitec Group plc, chairman of media consultancy Human Capital Ltd. and of Racecourse Media Group. In education he was chairman of the University of the Arts London (Central St.Martins, London College of Fashion, London College of Communication, Chelsea College of Art, Camberwell College, Wimbledon College) from 1999-2007, vice-chair of Magdalen College School Oxford, and chaired the Teaching Awards Trust 2008-13. He has also been a trustee of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation and has joined the board of the Welsh National Opera. He returned to film making to produce and direct Toni and Rosi, BBC4 2012.

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