Jim Egan is Chief Executive Officer of BBC Global News and takes full strategic and financial responsibility for the business, overseeing relationships within the BBC and externally with advertisers and distribution partners for the BBC’s commercially funded international news and feature platforms – BBC World News and BBC.com.
Jim joined the BBC in 2007 and served as Controller, Strategy and Distribution for what is now called the World Service Group, where he was responsible for setting corporate strategy for the BBC’s international news services and for the distribution of radio, TV and online content to the BBC’s global audience.
Jim was previously Director of Strategy at Ofcom, the UK’s communications and media regulator. In this role he led development of the UK’s public broadcasting policy and was also responsible for the design and implementation of the UK’s digital television switchover project. Jim has also served as Specialist Adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Prior to these public sector appointments the majority of Jim’s career has been in the private sector, as a Strategy Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and also as Business Development Manager for BSkyB.
Later this year, Jim will be taking up the position of Chief Investment Officer at Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF). Based in New York and Prague, MDIF makes debt and equity investments in journalism businesses in emerging markets where access to capital is difficult and press freedom is often under threat.