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Controller, BBC Children’s

Finn ArnesenRichard Deverell is responsible for all CBeebies and CBBC output, including programmes on BBC1 and BBC2, two dedicated channels, websites and interactive television.  He started in this role in early 2006, having joined BBC Children’s as Chief Operating Officer in mid-2005.

Prior to BBC Children’s, Richard worked in BBC News, which he joined in 1995 as Head of Strategy and Marketing before being appointed Head of BBC News Interactive in 2000.  In this role he ran the BBC News website, interactive TV, Ceefax and the Action Network community.  During this period, the BBC News website won many major UK and international awards. Before joining BBC News, Richard worked in BBC Strategy for several years.  Projects included negotiations over the BBC’s charter renewal, assessing the impact and opportunities of the Internet and developing the BBC’s strategy for multi-channel television.

Prior to joining the BBC, Richard worked in management consultancy.  He read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and is married with three children.  Richard is a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.