Former BBC Commissioning Editor to join podcasting house Broccoli

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by Charlie Spargo

The former Vice President for On-Demand Content at WNYC Studios and BBC Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 and World Service, Tony Phillips, will join Broccoli Content as its Chief Content Officer.

Phillips will help scale the London-based audio providers' ambitions and develop international partnerships with key talent and producers. Broccoli has recently launched its third podcast series - after Your Broccoli Weekly and BBC Sounds' Money 101 - in association with Sony Music Entertainment, titled 'Anthems', a collection of 31 original manifestos, speeches, stories, and poems written and voiced by women across Britain. These are being released every day for the month of March as part of International Women’s Day.

At WNYC, Phillips served as the editorial and management lead on shows including Freakonomics Radio and A Piece of Work. Before this he was a Commissioning Editor at BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service,  responsible for commissioning 300 features and documentaries a year.

Commissions at the BBC included The Listening Project for Radio 4 and Open-Eye, a multi-platform series presented by leading photojournalists combining audio documentary-making with photo-films.

Renay Richardson, Founder of Broccoli Content, said: “It’s a coup to have Tony join the team at Broccoli. He has been at the forefront of the podcast industry and we are thrilled to have his experience and vision on board to bring our ambitions to life.”

Phillips himself said: “The UK is home to some of the best new ideas and podcast creators in the world - and joining Broccoli offers me an irresistible opportunity to be a part of one of the most exciting companies in this creative community. I’m looking forward to helping Broccoli originate unique and nutritious content.”