BBC is calling this change the launch of a “new premium factual channel”.
The successful talent will be flown to the UK and join the BBC Earth team.
Washington is the second recent departure from Matchbox following MD Chris Oliver-Taylor.
This is the first time the BBC has offered advertising around its podcast library.
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The piece will be featured in a five-minute prequel
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