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BBC TV current affairs commissioner steps down

Clive Edwards (pictured), BBC's head of commissioning for TV current affairs, is to exit the division after 22 years with the pubcaster.
September 2, 2015

Clive Edwards (pictured), BBC’s head of commissioning for TV current affairs, is to exit the division after 22 years with the pubcaster.

Edwards will move to the BBC Academy where for the next year he will lead a new factual storytelling initiative as part of the institution’s creative and editorial program. Fiona Campbell, head of current affairs, will fill the vacated role.

The outgoing commissioner previously worked as a producer and deputy editor for Panorama and as an editor on Money Programme. His commissioning credits include such series as Afghanistan: The Lion’s Last Roar?, Inside the Commons, Reinventing the Royals and The Super-Rich and Us.

“The BBC is the most important broadcaster in the world for current affairs, and I want to pass on my experience to young program-makers at the Academy and teach them how to tell important stories in a way that makes the issues of the day understandable and also entertaining to watch,” Edwards said in a statement.

The British pubcaster closed Edwards’ position in March following the restructuring of its factual commissioning team. Also affected by the realignment efforts were Aaqil Ahmed, religion and ethics commissioner; Sam Bickley, BBC3 head of commissioning for features and documentaries; and Martin Davidson, head of commissioning for history and business, who is now head of specialist factual.

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