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BBC Worldwide Channels brings on ex-UKTV commissioner

Tracy Forsyth (pictured) will take on the newly created role of vice president, commissioning, at the start of 2012.
November 24, 2011

BBC Worldwide Channels is bringing on Tracy Forsyth, most recently a commissioning editor across UKTV’s factual and entertainment channels, as vice president of commissioning.

In the newly created role, Forsyth will report to David Weiland, senior vice president, programming and TV channels, and will oversee the commissioning and coproduction of programming for BBC Knowledge, BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle, BBC HD and UK.TV, BBC Worldwide’s general entertainment channel in Australia and New Zealand.

She will be tasked with working with indie producers in the UK and internationally, as well as the BBC’s own production departments, to create a stream of program content, to air either in local markets or globally. She will also act as BBC Worldwide’s executive producer on all new commissions.

While at UKTV, she commissioned such programs as Monster Munchies for Good Food, and Jo Brand’s Big Splash for Dave. She was also responsible for the launch of numerous formats including My Flat-Pack Home and What the Neighbours Did. Prior to UKTV she’d worked as a commissioning editor for the BBC’s daytime and early peak schedules, and also held roles at Talkback Television and BBC Worldwide Productions in New York.

“I’m delighted to welcome Tracy at a crucial – and very exciting – stage of our commissioning strategy,” says Weiland. “BBC Worldwide Channels is committed to growing the number of high quality and distinctive original commissions for the international portfolio.

“Tracy brings a wealth of experience to the role and I have every confidence that she will build on the progress we’ve made so far, and create new opportunities for the business as we diversify from a largely acquisitions-based content pipeline,” he added.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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