BBC head of film acquisitions Steve Jenkins is to leave the broadcaster this month after more than 15 years.

Jenkins, who is responsible for purchasing feature film rights for all BBC channels, is stepping down but will not be directly replaced.

Instead, his responsibilities will be absorbed by Sue Deeks, head of programme acquisitions.

Jenkins will continue to represent the BBC’s involvement in Film London and the British Film Institute’s respective low-budget feature film schemes, Microwave and iFeatures, on a freelance basis.

The BBC’s acquired film budget will be cut as part of the Delivering Quality First initiative.

Fewer movies will be required for the post 10 O’Clock News slot on BBC1, while BBC2 and BBC3 will also have their output reduced.

BBC2 will remain home to BBC Films, while BBC4 will continue to broadcast foreign-language drama and film from across the world.

This story was originally published by Broadcast.