Roger Wright, BBC Proms and Radio 3 Director, To Leave After 15 Years
Roger Wright, director of BBC Proms and controller of BBC Radio 3, plans to leave the BBC after 15 years for a job as chief executive of Aldeburgh Music.
Wright has worked with the BBC for over 15 years, becoming Radio 3 controller in 1998 and taking over the Proms in 2007. Wright said that he was "sorry to be leaving the BBC having enjoyed such a long and fulfilling period" there.
Wright will join Aldeburgh Music in September, taking over from Jonathan Reekie. Aldeburgh Music is based at Snape Maltings in Suffolk. It organizes the annual Aldeburgh Festival, which was founded by Benjamin Britten. Wright stated he was "honoured to have been invited to lead Aldeburgh Music at such an exciting time in its development." Chairman of Aldeburgh Music, Simon Robey, said Wright would "bring an exceptional breadth and depth of experience to all we do."
Members of the BBC responded to this news with BBC Radio director Helen Boaden calling Wright "a unique and brilliant talent" who would be "hugely" missed and BBC director general Tony Hall saying that Wright made a "huge contribution to the BBC, through the success of both Radio 3 and seven seasons of the Proms".
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