Charlotte Moore (TV executive)

Charlotte Alexandra Moore (born 19 June 1968)[1] is a British television executive who is the BBC's Director of Content. She was appointed to this role in early 2016 when she assumed responsibility for all of the BBC's television channels after the controller posts were abolished.[2][3] Moore was Controller of BBC One from 2013 to 2016,[4] and in her current position, is reported to be in charge of a budget of more than £1 billion.[5][6]

Charlotte Moore
Born (1968-06-19) 19 June 1968
Alma materUniversity of Bristol (BA)
TitleController of BBC One (2013-2016)
BBC Director of Content (2016-present)

Moore has, since 2005, been a trustee of the Grierson Trust,[1] of which she is a Vice-Chair.[7] She was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2016.[8]

Early life

Moore was born in June 1968 and grew up in Surrey.[5] She attended Wycombe Abbey, an independent girls' boarding school in Buckinghamshire,[9] and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Bristol University in 1990.[10]


Earlier career

Moore joined Ideal World as a producer-director of documentaries[11] in 2002.[12] As a freelancer in this joint role, her credits included "Lagos Airport", RTS award-winning Living With Cancer and Great Britons: Churchill.[13] She was appointed head of documentaries for Muriel Gray's Ideal World company in February 2004,[13] and then head of contemporary factual at IWC Media, as it became after its merger with Wark Clements, in 2005.[14]

Moore became a commissioning executive for documentaries at the BBC in 2006, responsible for the Emmy award-winning Stephen Fry's Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and Bafta award-winning Evicted.[15] After a period as temporary charge, she formally became the commissioning editor of Documentaries in May 2009,[16] responsible for 220 hours of programming per annum across the BBC's four television channels[17] with an annual budget of £30 million by 2011.[18] In this role she gave the go ahead for BBC2's Welcome to Lagos, Protecting Our Children, a programme on assisted suicide, Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, 7/7 One Day in London, Inside Claridges and The Great British Bake Off among others.[19] Rivals at Channel 4 suggested Moore's preference for authored documentaries might give her output an "old fashioned" air, a criticism she rejected in June 2011.[18] She rejected that channel's fondness for 'fixed rig' programmes, like One Born Every Minute and Coppers which, Moore has said, appear to repeat the same narrative in each episode: "Where are the layers and complexity? It is difficult for them to be inventive and risky."[18]

Controller of BBC One

In February 2013 Moore was appointed acting controller of Daytime Television for the BBC,[20] and had been acting controller of BBC One since Danny Cohen's promotion to Director of BBC Television on 7 May.[21] She became controller of BBC One in June 2013.[22]

At the time Moore became BBC One controller, the Media commentator Maggie Brown wrote that "her appointment signals a rising appreciation of collaborative team players with an eye on the greater good of the BBC".[10]

BBC Director of Content

In January 2016, it was announced that the controller posts for the BBC channels were to be abolished, and that Moore would assume the overall post for all of them, including responsibility for the iPlayer, later in the year.[2] She became the BBC's first Director of Content.

Personal life

Moore is married to cinematographer Johann Perry,[23] with whom she has two children.[10]


  1. "Charlotte Moore", Companies in the UK
  2. Sweney, Mark; Conlan, Tara (19 January 2016). "BBC scraps BBC1 and BBC2 controller roles after more than 50 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  3. "Charlotte Moore, Director of Content". BBC. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. Josh Halliday "Charlotte Moore's BBC1 role 'a very critical appointment', says Tony Hall",, 26 June 2013.
  5. Bristol, University of. "Charlotte Moore | Graduation | University of Bristol". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. "Charlotte Moore: "I'm always driving to be more distinctive."". Royal Television Society. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  7. "Trustees" Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine, The Grierson Trust
  8. "RTS Fellows | Royal Television Society". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  9. John Plunkett, "Moore: ‘Miranda will bring a different flavour to The Generation Game’", The Guardian, 17 August 2014
  10. Maggie Brown "Charlotte Moore: new BBC1 controller focuses on calm creativity",, 26 June 2013
  11. Jake Kanter "BBC1 confirms Charlotte Moore as channel controller", Broadcast, 26 June 2013
  12. "Charlotte Moore named new Controller of BBC One", BBC Media Centre, 26 June 2013
  13. Glen Mutel "Ideal World in bid to expand factual fare", Broadcast, 27 February 2004
  14. "Barker quits IWC Media", Broadcast, 25 August 2005
  15. "Biographies: Charlotte Moore, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, BBC Press Office
  16. Leigh Holmwood "BBC appoints first Muslim head of religious programming",, 11 May 2009
  17. "Factual Q&A: Charlotte Moore, BBC", Broadcast, 25 November 2010
  18. Ben Dowell "BBC documentary boss wants programmes that do more than entertain", The Guardian, 6 June 2011
  19. "Charlotte Moore appointed new controller of BBC One", BBC News, 26 June 2013
  20. Georg Szalai "BBC Confirms Charlotte Moore as Head of Flagship TV Channel", Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2013
  21. Jake Kanter "Charlotte Moore named acting BBC1 controller", Broadcast, 29 April 2013
  22. Matthew Hemley "Charlotte Moore named new BBC1 controller", The Stage, 26 June 2013.
  23. "BBC superwoman, her cameraman husband and how his firm made a fortune".
Media offices
Preceded by
Danny Cohen
Controller of BBC One
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Position established
BBC Director of Content
Succeeded by
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