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Joe Godwin

BBC Children's


Joe Godwin, Director – BBC Children’s

As Director of BBC Children’s Joe Godwin is responsible for all of the BBC’s services for children – the two digital channels, CBBC and CBeebies and their websites, as well as children’s blocks on BBC One and BBC Two. After reading History at Manchester University, Joe joined the BBC in 1986, working at BBC Southampton in regional news. In 1989 he joined the Children’s Programmes department as a trainee, and worked as an assistant producer, studio director and producer on shows such as Blue Peter, Going Live and Record Breakers. From 1997-2000 he was Editor of Children’s Presentation.

In 2000 he moved to Nickelodeon UK, holding a number of posts including Head of Original Production and VP Interactive Director. Joe returned to the BBC in 2005 as Head of Children’s Entertainment, and in 2008 became Head of News, Factual & Entertainment. In 2009 Joe took up his current post as Director Children’s. In 2011, Joe led the move of the entire Children’s department to its new home at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Joe is Chair of The Network & Fast Track, the youth talent schemes of the Edinburgh TV Festival, and is a member of the BAFTA Children’s Committee, The Advisory Panel on Children’s Viewing of the British Board of Film Classification, and represents the BBC on The UK Council for Child Internet Safety.