BBC restructures in-house factual

In the revamped structure, part of the BBC's effort to fully integrate all in-house network TV production, heads of factual roles in various bases, including London and Scotland, will be phased out. (Pictured: George Entwistle, head of BBC Vision Productions)
March 9, 2012

As part of its efforts to streamline and fully integrate all in-house network TV production, the BBC has announced a revamped structure for its in-house factual department.

Changes were announced by George Entwistle (pictured), head of BBC’s in-house Vision Productions. With the transformation of that unit into the new entity, One Network TV Production, all network TV production will be organized by genre rather than by production base. For factual, that means the role of Pan UK factual controller, currently held by Tom Archer, will remain. However, the UK pubcaster says the next incumbent for the role will be based in Scotland.

In terms of sub-genre leadership roles, arts will be based in Scotland, science in London and documentaries in Cardiff, Wales. History and religion will remain in London and Salford, respectively. Natural history will remain in Bristol, with the BBC currently looking for a successor to departing NHU head Andrew Jackson. Nick Patten will head to Bristol from Birmingham to be head of features.

The heads of factual roles in London, Bristol, and Scotland, currently filled by Karen O’Connor, Ben Gale and Andrea Miller respectively, will be phased out over time. The BBC says recruitment will soon begin for suitable candidates for leaders for the sub-genres that have moved bases – science, arts and docs.

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