The BBC has appointed the women behind comedy series Not Going Out, Rev and Twenty Twelve as the new controller of children’s channel CBBC.Cheryl Taylor, currently the BBC’s controller for comedy commissioning, also counts Miranda, Outnumbered, Watson & Oliver, Mrs Brown’s Boys and White Van Man among her credits.
Before joining the BBC, Taylor was head of comedy at indie Hat Trick Productions and was also a commissioning editor for Channel 4, where she greenlit Spaced, Black Books and The World of Derren Brown.
CBBC “is a leading light in the world of children’s television and generates imaginative and inspiring shows with the very highest creative standards,” Salford-based Taylor said. “I look forward to collaborating with our teams both in-house and the indie sector and building on their great work to date.”
The CBBC post became vacant after incumbent Damian Kavanagh announced plans to move to Channel 4 as head of features and factual formats. Sarah Muller, CBBC’s head of acquisitions and drama development, was once tipped to take over the channel.
CBBC is the most-watched kids channel in the UK, with nearly 40% of children in the UK watching it every week, according to the BBC. The Corporation is also moving all the kids content on BBC1 and BBC2 to CBBC and preschool sister CBeebies.