May 19, 2022

British Library Board Appoints Roly Keating New Chief Executive

From the BL:

The Board of the British Library has appointed Roly Keating as the Library’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Keating, currently Director of Archive Content at the BBC, and a former Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, will take up his new role on 12 September 2012.

Baroness Blackstone, Chairman of the British Library, said: “I am delighted that Roly Keating will be joining us as Chief Executive. He has a strong record of creative leadership and strategic innovation at the BBC and has wide experience and a deep commitment to the digital information environment. He is the ideal person to build on the successes of the British Library and to ensure that the Library continues to be a leading-edge provider of knowledge as we take forward our Vision for 2020. I look forward to working with him.”

Roly Keating commented on his appointment: “It’s a huge honour to have the opportunity to lead one of the UK’s greatest cultural institutions, at a time of exciting change driven by the internet and connected media. Under Lynne Brindley’s leadership the British Library has set standards for the world in both the quality of its curatorship and the boldness of its thinking around new technology. I am looking forward to working with the Library’s talented staff and leadership team to take it on the next stage of its journey into the digital age.”


In his current role as Director of Archive Content Roly acts as overall editorial leader for the BBC’s online services, including BBC iPlayer. This role is also responsible for the development and implementation of the BBC’s strategy to increase digital access to its massive archives, including the new Arts Council England partnership The Space and the proposed download-to-own initiative Project Barcelona.

Roly Keating will take over from Dame Lynne Brindley, who will be leaving the Library on 31 July 2012 after 12 years as Chief Executive.

Read the Complete Announcement and Learn More About Mr. Keating

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