The World: Washington DC - BBC revamps American operation

Bill Hilary, the recently appointed chief executive of BBC America, has announced wide-ranging changes to the network.

Hilary, the former executive vice-president of Viacom's Comedy Central, has appointed his former colleague Kathryn Mitchell as the general manager. Mitchell was previously the senior vice-president for programming at Comedy Central.

Hilary intends to relocate BBC America's offices to New York from Washington DC, while doubling the programming budget to allow the network to create a higher percentage of its own shows. He also wants to increase the number of programmes BBC America co-produces with partners such as Channel 4 and ITV.