Tim Davie

Timothy Douglas Davie (born 25 April 1967) is the Chief Executive Officer of BBC Studios (formerly known as BBC Worldwide) who served as acting Director-General of the BBC following George Entwistle's resignation in November 2012[1][2] until Lord Hall took over the role permanently in April 2013. During his time as acting director-general he oversaw the investigations into BBC management and conduct following revelations the broadcaster had known about sexual abuse by Sir Jimmy Savile and then made false accusations against Lord McAlpine.[3]

Tim Davie
Director-General of the BBC
In office
11 November 2012  1 April 2013
Preceded byGeorge Entwistle
Succeeded byTony Hall
Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide
Assumed office
1 April 2013
Preceded byJohn Smith
BBC Director of Audio & Music
In office
June 2008  Feb 2013
Preceded byJenny Abramsky
Succeeded byHelen Boaden
Personal details
Born (1967-04-25) 25 April 1967


Davie was educated at Whitgift School in Croydon, and studied English at Selwyn College, Cambridge before joining Procter & Gamble as a trainee in 1991.[4]

Appointed UK Marketing Manager for PepsiCo in 1993, Davie was subsequently promoted to Vice President, Marketing, Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa, holding several similar appointments, including in the United States, before taking up the Vice President for Marketing and Franchise post.[5]


Davie joined the BBC as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences in April 2005.[6] He was Director General Mark Thompson's first senior external appointment.

In June 2008, it was announced that he was replacing Jenny Abramsky, who served at the BBC for 39 years before leaving to chair the Heritage Lottery Fund. Appointed Director of Audio & Music, he sat on the BBC's Executive Board with overall responsibility for all of the BBC's national radio networks and the corporation's music output across all media. This included BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4; as well as the BBC digital radio stations BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC 7; the three BBC Orchestras based in England; and The Proms.

Davie took over as acting Director-General on 11 November 2012 following the resignation of George Entwistle in the wake of the Newsnight broadcast which did not name any individual but which led to Internet speculation which incorrectly identified Conservative Lord McAlpine in the North Wales child abuse case.[7]

In July 2009 he was on The Guardian's list of the 100 most influential people in the media.[8] He was awarded a CBE in 2018[9].

He became Chief Executive Officer of BBC Worldwide following the appointment of Tony Hall. BBC Worldwide merged with the TV-making arm of the BBC, BBC Studios, in April 2018 and Davie now heads both as Chief Executive, BBC Studios and Director, Global.[10]


Davie is Chairman of Comic Relief, Trustee of the Tate and the Royal Television Society, and in 2018 was appointed as Chairman of the Creative Industries Council[11][12][13].

Previously, he has been on the boards of Freesat, Digital UK and Children in Need.[14]

Personal life

Davie is married and has three sons.[15]


  1. Mendick, Robert; Hennessy, Patrick (10 November 2012). "George Entwistle quits as director-general over Newsnight fiasco". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  2. "George Entwistle's statement in full". BBC News. BBC. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  3. BBC Press Release "Incoming BBC Director-General Tony Hall announces changes to BBC’s senior team", 'BBC Press Centre, 14 February 2013
  4. Martinson, Jane (23 March 2009). "Interview with Tim Davie: Getting radio fit for a digital age | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  5. "Tim Davie". www.bbcstudios.com. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  6. Sweney, Mark (2008-06-27). "Tim Davie: BBC's marathon man with a colourful track record". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  7. "BBC Boss Resigns After Newsnight Abuse Report". Sky News. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  8. 70. Tim Davie, 'MediaGuardian 100 2009', The Guardian, 13 July 2009
  9. "BBC boss made CBE". www.henleystandard.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  10. "Board & Committees". BBC Studios. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  11. Tate. "Tim Davie CBE". Tate. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  12. "Tim Davie CBE". bbc.com. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  13. "Tim Davie appointed new chair of Creative Industries Council". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  14. "Tim Davie appointed new chair of Creative Industries Council". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  15. Thorpe, Vanessa (11 November 2012). "BBC crisis: appointment of Tim Davie greeted with surprise". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
Media offices
Preceded by
George Entwistle
Director-General of the BBC

10 November 2012–March 2013
Succeeded by
Tony Hall
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