BBC Worldwide has hired Paramount Comedy’s lawyer, Andrew Baxter, as head of commercial policy.

He will be in charge of regulatory, compliance and brand protection matters, as well as taking the lead on developing new commercial policies.

Baxter will report to Sarah Cooper, director of business affairs at the BBC, and will work as a senior lawyer in the business and legal affairs team.

Prior to Paramount Comedy, Baxter spent six years as deputy head of commercial affairs at Channel 4 and before that was head of legal at the Producers Rights Agency.