BBC Names Damon Buffini Deputy Chair, Former Fox Executive Gary Newman to Join BBC Commercial Board

BBC Names Damon Buffini Deputy Chair, Former Fox Executive Gary Newman to Join BBC Commercial Board

Richard Sharp, chairman of BBC ,, announced Friday the appointment of Damon Buffini as deputy chair of BBC board.

“Sir Damon was a founding partner of international investment firm Permira, where he was managing partner from 1997 to 2010,” the U.K. public broadcaster said. “He has been the chair of the Royal National Theatre from 2015. He has also held numerous non-executive directorships in various industries.

The broadcaster also appointed Ian Griffiths, Claire Hungate and Gary Newman, former Fox top executives, to the BBC Commercial Board, as non-executive directors. This appointment was effective April 1st, for a term of three years.

The BBC Commercial Board oversees all commercial activities of the public broadcaster, including BBC Studios and BBC Studioworks which provide studio and post-production services for the British broadcasting and production sector.

Buffini joined BBC as a non-executive board director in November 2021. He was then appointed chair of BBC Commercial Board in February 2022..

Sir Damon, as chair of the BBC Commercial Board, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the oversight of our commercial operations at a time when the BBC board is looking for significant and sustained commercial growth.” Sir Damon is the chair of the BBC Commercial Board and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the supervision of our commercial operations at an era when the BBC board is seeking significant and sustained commercial growth .

Buffini made the three new appointments on the BBC Commercial Board. The new additions are: Gary Newman who was chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group (which included Fox Broadcasting Co., Twentieth Century Fox Television) until its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company. “During his tenure at Fox he oversaw development and production of such shows as 24, Glee, Modern Family, Homeland, 911 and The Masked Singer,” the BBC said. Ian Griffiths, who was deputy CEO and CFO of market intelligence agency Kantar from 2020 to 2022; between 2008 and 2019 he served as CFO and COO of ITV plc and was previously CFO of EMAP. Claire Hungate, who has held the roles of CEO of Warner Bros. TV Production UK, COO of Shed Media and managing director of Wall to Wall and now is president and COO of Team Liquid, “the world’s most viewed esports organization with a global audience reach of around 40 million.”

Buffini stated that the BBC’s commercial subsidiaries have been given the task of achieving a further step-change. The Commercial Board’s commitment is to challenge and support the executive in reaching these ambitious goals .”

by appointing three non-executives with exceptional industry experience.

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