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Peter Horrocks

Peter Horrocks took up the post of the sixth Vice-Chancellor of The Open University in May 2015.

As Vice-Chancellor, Peter is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University, responsible for providing strategic leadership through his senior executive team, championing the interests of the institution at the highest levels with government, policy makers and funders, and ensuring the long term financial and operational sustainability of the OU.

Peter arrived at the OU after a career with the BBC spanning more than three decades. As Director of the BBC World Service Group, the world’s most respected news brand, he was responsible for leading the BBC's international news services across radio, television and online, and his team provided trusted news to over a quarter of a billion people globally every week. He had responsibility for a global workforce of 3000, based in 113 countries delivering over 83,000 hours of content each year in 28 different languages, with annual revenues exceeding £400m.

Peter has an international reputation for thought leadership in major digital transformations. He led the transition of BBC News to become a multiplatform organisation in 2008, and in 2012 he conceived and delivered the “world’s newsroom”, the BBC’s innovative concept for the world’s leading multilingual, multimedia digital news operation.

As a journalist Peter has excelled in investigative and analytical programmes, becoming editor of the Newsnight and Panorama programmes. He won two BAFTA awards in 1997 and 2005 for his editorship of Newsnight and for The Power of Nightmares.

Peter’s not-for-profit experience is through his chairmanship of the BBC Media Action Board of Trustees, the BBC’s £40m per annum international development charity that delivers social transformation through media skills and communication in the world’s poorest countries.

A future-focussed leader, Peter is in demand as a speaker at international conferences for his comprehensive vision of how organisations in many sectors need to constantly adapt to cope with a digital world. He has been on the advisory board to the Chancellor of Cambridge University, and he is an adviser to the media protection organisation, Reporters Without Borders.

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