Search for new BBC Cymru Wales director extended

Image caption, Menna Richards left earlier this month

The search for a new director of BBC Cymru Wales has been extended, the corporation's director-general, Mark Thompson, has announced.

The BBC is looking for a replacement for Menna Richards, who stepped down as director earlier this month after more than 10 years.

Keith Jones, head of programmes Welsh and interactive, is taking on the role in the interim.

He will join the BBC Direction Group and report to Mr Thompson from 1 April.

Mr Thompson said: "Keith is well known to many of you and has had experience of working in a variety of roles in BBC Wales.

"His support and assistance is much appreciated and I look forward to working more closely with him in the coming months."

In an e-mail, Mr Thompson told staff that Mr Jones "and the BBC Wales board will be working with you to ensure the views from across BBC Wales are fully represented".

Image caption, Keith Jones says it is an honour and a great responsibility to become interim director

'Great responsibility'

Mr Jones said in a message to BBC Wales staff that his interim role was "not only an honour but also a great responsibility".

"Having worked here for many years, BBC Wales is very close to my heart and the programmes and services that you all provide make me feel very proud of what we do," he said.

"I'm looking forward to supporting the creativity and collaboration that characterises this place. BBC Wales is highly regarded by our audiences and by our colleagues across the BBC and I'm determined to build on that in the coming months."

Mr Thompson also confirmed other senior moves within BBC Cymru Wales.

Adrian Davies, head of factual and music, will become acting head of English language programmes while Clare Hudson takes adoption leave.

Judith Winnan will become acting head of factual and music and Phillip Moss will be acting commissioning executive for factual programmes.

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