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Peter Salmon

Executive Chairman, Banijay UK

Peter Salmon was appointed Executive Chairman of Banijay UK in September 2020 , overseeing a portfolio of 29 unscripted and scripted production labels, with a focus on content and creativity.

Prior to this, he was Chief Creative Officer of Endemol Shine Group, which was acquired by Banijay in July 2020. Leading the group’s producers, championing ideas and supporting the international rollout of content across linear and digital platforms, Peter was also the creative lead for the companies in the UK group.

A highly-experienced programme maker and commissioner, Peter has held numerous leadership positions in broadcasting and production at Channel 4, Granada TV, The Television Corporation and the BBC, including Controller of BBC One, in a career spanning over 30 years.

Prior to joining Endemol Shine in 2016, Peter established and ran BBC North, the 3,000 strong BBC production base near Manchester and was Director, BBC England before becoming Director of BBC Studios, responsible for establishing and managing the new production division.

Over three decades at the forefront of British broadcasting, Peter has co-invented the £200m charity Sport Relief, founded and run the BBC Media City hub, produced Crimewatch UK, launched the careers of  Wallace and Gromit at the BBC, overseen the BBC’s broadcast of The Olympic Games, commissioned a multitude of hit shows including Victoria Wood’s Dinner Ladies, Paul Abbott’s Clocking Off and the first stripped reality series Castaway 2000, as well as producing numerous environmental programmes for Bristol’s Natural History Unit.