Originally Posted by LHC
That has depressed me
That said, he's apparently been Acting Controller of BBC4 since 2007, which is in my opinion has become very good indeed. So maybe there's hope.
A Yorkshireman, who studied Philosophy and Politics at Durham University, Entwistle began his career as a writer and magazine editor with Haymarket Magazines and went on to join the BBC in 1989 as a Broadcast Journalism trainee.
He became an assistant producer on Panorama, where he worked on the programme's coverage of the first Gulf War, the fall of Margaret Thatcher, and an investigation into how the Tiananmen Square protest leaders were spirited out of China.
In January 1993, Entwistle became a producer for On The Record and subsequently went on to be a producer, assistant editor and deputy editor on BBC Two's flagship current affairs programme Newsnight between 1994 and 1999.
He became Editor of Newsnight in 2001, starting work in his new post the day before the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and Twin Towers in the USA. During his editorship, the show won five RTS Awards, including Best News Programme; as well as picking up a Broadcast Award and a Bafta nomination for Best News Programme.
In 2004 he left Newsnight for BBC Arts to become executive editor of Topical Arts on BBC Two and BBC Four. There he launched The Culture Show for BBC Two and executive-produced arts films for BBC Four.
In 1999, after 10 years in current affairs, he joined the science department as deputy editor of BBC One's popular science show Tomorrow's World where he remained for two years before returning to Newsnight as Deputy Editor. In 2004 he left Newsnight for BBC Arts to become executive editor of Topical Arts on BBC Two and BBC Four.
There he launched The Culture Show for BBC Two and executive-produced arts films for BBC Four. He also spent several months as Chair of the Knowledge Building workgroup on Mark Thompson's Creative Future strategy review.
In late 2005, he was appointed Head and Commissioning Editor of TV Current Affairs and joined BBC Television's factual commissioning team.
With Peter Fincham, then Controller of BBC One, George returned Panorama to a weekday peak-time slot.
He also commissioned a wide variety of current affairs documentary series for BBC Two, including Adam Curtis's series The Trap, Peter Taylor's four-part Age Of Terror, and Norma Percy's multiple award-winning Iran And The West.
In April 2007, he became Acting Controller of BBC Four and led the channel during a period which saw the first runs of Mad Men and Flight Of The Conchords
As Acting Director, BBC Vision, Entwistle was responsible for the move of QI back to BBC Two and triple RTS award-winner Miranda to BBC One
Last edited by Caliban; 04-07-12 at 11:47.
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9