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Indies get their own exec at the BBC; Benson takes control of factual; holy matters at C4
February 27, 2003

The BBC has appointed Elaine Bedell to the newly created role of BBC Independent Executive, starting in April. In her new position, Bedell, currently the executive director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Enterprise, will act as a liaison between the Beeb and indie prodcos. Her responsibilities will include ‘championing the interests of the independent sector within the BBC; providing authoritative advice to independent producers in respect of working practices, financial procedures, legal requirements, and editorial and business trading compliance issues; and establishing effective means of communication to the independent sector on BBC practices.’

The BBC also announced the appointment of Glenwyn Benson, currently director of factual and learning, to the newly created position of controller, factual television, for BBC Television. Benson will now oversee those responsible for commissioning for each of the six factual genres.

Channel 4 has appointed Aaqil Ahmed as its new editor, religion. He will join the specialist factual team beginning in April. Ahmed was previously the deputy editor of general documentaries at the BBC.

RTL Group’s board of directors has accepted the resignation of Didier Bellens as CEO and director of the company, effective February 28. Rumors circulated last week that the head of RTL was leaving to take the top job at Belgium’s national telecommunications operator, Belgacom. RTL’s board is expected to announce its plans to search for a replacement shortly.

National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) has appointed Michael Spalding as VP, sponsorship sales, and Jason Meil as VP, program development and sales. Spalding will head up NGT&F’s sales efforts, focusing on sponsorship opportunities for the unit’s large-format film projects, specials and series programming. In his new position, Meil plans to expand into new programming formats such as docu-drama and reality.

Karen Dacey, who left her position as managing director of factual for the U.K.’s Indigo Group last September, has turned up at Australian production and distribution company World Wide Entertainment as head of its sponsorship division.

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