Just in: X-Factor boss is new South Bank chief

The next chief executive of London’s South Bank Centre will be Elaine Bedell, head of entertainment at ITV for the past seven years, responsible for the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

She will form a three-person femocracy at the South Bank with artistic director Jude Kelly and chair Susan Gilchrist.

It’s a tough job she has taken on. The South Bank has lost profile and coherence under the outgoing chief exec, Alan Bishop. Its development plans have been put on ice. It remains the largest single recipient of Arts Council funding – but for what?

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