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Sharman to exit ITV amid reorganization

Alison Sharman is stepping down as ITV's director of factual and daytime at the end of this month, as the UK terrestrial broadcaster undertakes a departmental restructure.
February 7, 2013

Alison Sharman is stepping down as ITV’s director of factual and daytime at the end of this month, as the UK terrestrial broadcaster undertakes a departmental restructure.

Sharman, who has been in her current role since 2006, will hand the reins to ITV’s controller of popular factual Jo Clinton-Davis, who will assume interim responsibility for the department, reporting to director of television Peter Fincham.

In a statement, Fincham said: “I would like thank Alison for all that she has achieved in her seven years at ITV, and for her key contribution to building a strong foundation in factual and daytime.

“We have had an excellent start to 2013 across all programming genres and as part of the senior commissioning team, Ali has been integral to that success. I wish her all the very best in all future ventures.”

Sharman added: “It’s been a privilege to lead the factual and daytime commissioning team and to work with some of ITV’s best talent and I am sure that ITV will keep going from strength to strength.”

As director of factual and daytime, Sharman’s commissions have included arts strand ‘Perspectives,’ Long Lost Family, Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, and Britain’s Secret Treasures.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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