TV executive Sir Peter Bazalgette has been appointed chairman of the Arts Council England, the Department of Culture has said.
His Endemol production company is behind high-profile hits including Big Brother and Deal Or No Deal.
Sir Peter is also chair of English National Opera and president of the Royal Television Society and served as a non-executive director of Channel 4.
He will succeed Dame Liz Forgan, whose four-year tenure ends on 31 January.
The appointment, approved by Prime Minister David Cameron, was one of the last decisions taken by outgoing Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has become health secretary in the government reshuffle.
Taken from the BBC News, see more about the appointment here.