Cheryl Taylor is the Controller of the BBC’s dedicated channel for 6-12 year old children, CBBC, and is responsible for over 4,000 hours of programming a year.
She commissions all CBBC content for television and online including factual, drama, comedy, entertainment and news – as well as a wide range of interactive content including games and apps.
Cheryl, who is based in Manchester, took up the role of CBBC Controller in June 2012 and has commissioned Jamie Johnson, The Dog Ate my Homework, Millie Inbetween, Airmageddon, Hetty Feather, Got What it Takes, So Awkward, All at Sea, Hank Zipzer, Eve, Diddy TV, Ultimate Brain, Art Ninja, Class Dismissed and Our School. She has grown interactive dramas Dixi and Secret Life of Boys and is responsible for bringing hit dance series The Next Step as well as Danger Mouse, Bottersnikes and Gumbles, The Deep and Zig and Zag to the Channel.
CBBC is the most popular channel for its age group and in 2015 won the BAFTA for Children’s Channel of the Year, Cartoon Forum Broadcaster of the year and Broadcast Specialist Channel in both 2015 and 2016
Before coming to CBBC Cheryl was Controller of Comedy for the BBC and commissioned Mrs Brown’s Boys, Cuckoo, Some Girls, Bluestone 42, Twenty Twelve and Count Arthur Strong.
Prior to this she was BBC Executive Editor for Out of London Comedy Commissioning as well as Head of Comedy at Hat Trick Productions from where she co-created Drop Dead Gorgeous (BBC Three), and Exec produced Worst Week OfMy Life (BBC One) and Bromwell High (Channel 4).
She began her commissioning career at Channel 4 where she was responsible for Spaced, Black Books and The World of Derren Brown amongst others.