Peter Johnston was appointed Controller of BBC Northern Ireland in October, 2006 and following a structural realignment of BBC NI within the wider BBC, he was appointed Director BBC NI in April 2009. He is a member of the BBC’s Executive Team chaired by the Director-General.
Peter has overall editorial and managerial responsibility for BBC Northern Ireland. He provides the vision and creative leadership necessary to deliver BBC NI’s portfolio of programmes and services and is responsible for maximising public value through creativity, innovation and efficient use of resources.
Before this, he had been Head of Broadcasting for BBC Northern Ireland for three years.
His responsibilities in this post involved overall commissioning and scheduling of programmes and content for Northern Ireland audiences on BBC Television, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Online.
As Head of Broadcasting, Peter increased the range of local TV programmes produced for BBC One NI and BBC Two NI including doubling the number of single documentaries, increasing the range of music and comedy output and introducing a number of new presenters and formats. Programmes commissioned during this time won nine Royal Television Society awards including both Nations and Regions categories at the awards for three years in a row.
Peter also led a series of schedule changes to BBC Radio Ulster, which won seven Sony Awards during this period.
Peter Johnston was born in 1966 and educated at Ballymena Academy and Imperial College London where he completed a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Management.