TV and radio presenter Suzy Klein has been appointed to lead BBC arts and classical music television, the broadcaster said.
Klein will lead the BBC’s classic artistic and music production, focusing on TV, iPlayer and artistic digital content, but also working with radio and BBC Sounds to increase reach and impact across the country for all audiences.
She has become a familiar face and voice on BBC cultural shows, with her animation credits including the BBC Proms, The Culture Show and the BBC Young Musician Of The Year.
She has also written and presented several BBC television series, including A History Of Black Classical Composers with Sir Lenny Henry, and she is a co-host of the popular BBC Radio 3 show, Essential Classics, as well as a regular presenter. from Radio 4’s Saturday Habitent.
Klein, who will begin her role on October 4, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to take on this exciting new role, flying the flag for the best in arts, culture and classical music on the BBC.
“I joined the company almost 25 years ago, first as an arts and music researcher, then as an assistant producer, director and series producer, to finally present some of the programs that I cherish the most.
“If my nomination means anything, it’s a long-term commitment to the transformative power, inspiration and joy that the arts bring.
“This is something I look forward to sharing with my brilliant commissioning team, as we work together to create the most compelling and must-see shows for audiences across the UK. “
After winning the William Hardcastle Prize for Journalism, she began her professional career as a radio and television presenter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Returning to the UK, she produced BBC Radio 4 programs including Start the Week and Loose Ends, before moving on to television as a director and producer.
She has also produced live events, such as the BBC Proms, dramatic documentaries on Mozart and Beethoven, and documentary films on Ted Hughes, Martin Amis, Steve Reich and John Adams.
This newly created position is part of the broadcasters goal to fully integrate arts and classical music television commissions into BBC content.
The BBC hopes this will bring “specialized depth, modern storytelling and heightened ambition to genres”, as well as “new opportunities for collaboration and large-scale programming”.
Patrick Holland, Director of BBC Factual, Arts & Classic Music, said: “Suzy combines an in-depth knowledge of the subject with a proselytizing passion for the great arts and the dissemination of classical music.
“Her vision for the future development of genres on TV and iPlayer made her the top contender for this most important role.
“She is an unrivaled communicator with brilliant connections in the arts and classical music sectors and has a solid production background.
“She will lead an exceptional team of commissioners in the genre, and we can’t wait for her to begin.”