Martyn Freeman

COO at BBC Studios

As Chief Operating Officer Martyn is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal and business affairs, global operations, compliance and risk, in addition to technology, transformation and property.

Appointed Chief Operating Officer in December 2021, Martyn was previously General Counsel for BBC Studios, having held the role for BBC Worldwide since 2011. Prior to this he led BBC Worldwide's Legal and Business Affairs teams, as Group Head and then Director. In these roles, he worked on the creation of partnerships such as BBC Books and 2entertain, the divestments of BBC Magazines and BBC Audiobooks, the re-structuring of joint ventures with Discovery, the financing and production of BBC Worldwide’s slate of natural history feature films and the partnership between BBC America and AMC Networks.

Martyn has also worked in a variety of roles across the BBC, including as Head of Business Affairs, Radio & Music, Factual & Learning and News.


  • COO

    Current role

  • General Counsel

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