Danny Cohen looks ahead at the five key themes to define BBC One in 2013, and announces new commissions
Controller of BBC One, Danny Cohen, says: "The job of running BBC One is all about making television audiences love, both in terms of new programmes and maintaining the vibrancy and creativity of our longer running shows."
2012 has been an extremely strong year for BBC One. The Olympics, Euros and Diamond Jubilee helped draw huge audiences and it's also been a year of record-breaking hits. Call The Midwife and The Voice UK are the biggest new Drama and Entertainment launches on the channel in over a decade; BBC One successfully launched four new returning drama series (The Syndicate, Prisoners' Wives, The Paradise, Call the Midwife); and Last Tango in Halifax is the highest mid-week drama launch of the year so far on any channel.
BBC One is on track to grow its peak-time share for the first time since 2008, and is the biggest channel in both peak and all hours so far this year.
Danny Cohen continues: "We plan to maintain our creative momentum in 2013, and there are five key themes that I am focused on to ensure that we deliver that. Event Drama, the biggest names in Comedy, high-impact intelligent Factual, a strong sense of contemporary Britain and warm-hearted popular Entertainment will all play an important role on BBC One in the coming year. Together, they will express the range and creative ambition audiences can expect from the channel in 2013."