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The BBC has named its new head of drama: Netflix UK executive Lindsay Salt.

Salt will join the corporation in the Autumn, having spent three years establishing the streamer’s UK slate alongside Anne Mensah.

She succeeds former drama head Piers Wenger, who left in May to join US production studio A24.

BBC chief content officer Charlotte Moore hailed Salt’s “passion for creating big hits and developing new and diverse voices”.

Moore added: “She’s an inspiring creative leader with a sophisticated understanding of British audience tastes which makes her perfectly placed to lead the genre into the future with work that will continue to push the boundaries and disrupt the mainstream.”

At Netflix, Salt ordered scripted shows including Baby ReindeerOne DayThe F*** it Bucket, Palomino and Half Bad and worked across Heartstopper and The Crown.

She was previously head of development at Sky Drama UK, ushering in projects including The Third Day and The Lazarus Project. 

Prior to that, she spent eight years at Left Bank Pictures, producing the likes of BBC1's Wallander and Sky's Strike Back.

Ben Irving will continue as the BBC’s acting director of drama in the interim.

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