Bob Shennan

BBC Group Managing Director
Bob Shennan looks directly at the camera.
Bob Shennan, BBC Group Managing Director

Roles and responsibilities

  • As BBC Group Managing Director Bob oversees strategy, policy, legal, commercial rights and business affairs.
  • Bob also leads on development and delivery of the strategy for attracting and developing on-air and on-screen talent, as well as co-ordinating what the BBC does between its commercial and public service operations.


Bob was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Lancaster and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and graduated with a degree in English Literature.

Bob started his career as a journalist in commercial radio, at Hereward Radio.

He joined the BBC in 1987 and progressed to a variety of senior roles in BBC Sport including, from 1998 to 2000, the position of Head of BBC Sport. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all sport on BBC TV, radio and online.

In August 2000, Bob was appointed Controller of 5 live, launching 5 live sports extra in September 2002. In late 2004, Bob was given overall managerial responsibility for BBC Asian Network.

After leading Channel Four Radio in 2008, Bob returned to the BBC as Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music in January 2009. Bob led the network through the transition from Wake Up To Wogan to the launch of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show. In 2011, Bob was once again appointed controller of Asian Network and was appointed Head of Popular Music.

In March 2014, Bob was appointed Director of BBC Music and oversaw the launch of the inaugural BBC Music Awards.

In October 2016, he was appointed Director of Radio & Music, responsible for the day-to-day running of BBC network and digital-only radio stations, as well as BBC Performing Groups, BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.

In April 2019 he began his current role as BBC Group Managing Director.

A lifelong Liverpool FC fan, Bob is a Trustee of the Roundhouse venue in Camden, International Director of the Country Music Association and vice-chairman of BBC Children in Need.

Salary and total remuneration

  • Salary: £271,000
  • Total remuneration: £271,000

This information is correct as of September 2017.

Expenses and central bookings

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Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.


Gifts and Hospitality Register

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Declaration of personal interests

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This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.