Dylan Haskins is Commissioning Executive for Podcasts at BBC Sounds. He looks after an exciting slate of new podcast commissions aimed at 16-34 year olds, as well as content partnerships. His commissions range across genres from several upcoming international investigative series to the genre-defying Have You Heard George’s Podcast? from George the Poet.
BBC Sounds is the BBC’s new app and website for music, radio and podcast listening. Launched in November 2018, it has grown quickly in its first year with over 2.8 million weekly users in the UK and BBC podcasts also being listened to by millions internationally through the BBC Sounds website and other platforms.
Dylan joined the BBC in 2016, working first as a producer developing and launching short-form video platform BBC Ideas, which won Best Public Service Video channel at the 23rd Webby Awards. He joined BBC Sounds in 2018 as an executive producer and became commissioning executive in July 2019.
He made his first podcast in 2010 for the Irish music series Other Voices and from 2013 produced and co-hosted the Soundings podcast with Lisa Hannigan, which regularly topped the iTunes charts and sold out live shows in the UK and Ireland. He has worked as a producer and presenter with Other Voices, the Guardian online, RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Two.
Dylan is also a trustee of Rich Mix, one of the most diverse arts centres in the UK, and of the Festival of Writing & Ideas in Ireland. In 2015-16 he was awarded the Jerome Hynes Fellowship by the Arts Council of Ireland on the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme.
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