BBC ups Patrick Holland to channel editor

The UK pubcaster has elevated the former head of documentaries commissioning (pictured) to the role of channel editor for BBC2.
July 4, 2016

UK pubcaster BBC has elevated former head of documentaries Patrick Holland (pictured) to the position of channel editor for BBC2.

When he takes up the new role in mid-August, Holland will be tasked with managing the British channel, and commissioning and scheduling programs that “enhance its distinctive identity” in the network’s stable of channels.

As head of documentaries, Holland was responsible for overseeing one of the largest commissioning teams at the BBC, where he greenlit such forthcoming series as Exodus: Our Journey to Europe and Abused: The Untold Story, as well as the ‘Storyville’ strand, Chasing Dad, The Real Marigold Hotel, Syrian Love Story, Behind Closed Doors and Murdered by My Father.

The move follows the pubcaster’s strategic reorganization that saw Charlotte Moore appointed as controller of TV channels and iPlayer in January.

Prior to joining the network in 2015, Holland served as MD of FremantleMedia UK-owned Boundless Productions where he oversaw all creative output, including BBC2′s An Hour to Save Your Life and Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure, BBC3′s World’s Toughest Jobs, BBC1′s Britain At The Bookies and Channel 4′s Grand Designs.

Holland also served as director of factual at Ricochet TV where he ran Born to be Different (Channel 4), exec produced Space Shuttle: The Final Mission (BBC2) and formed the Channel 4 talent doc strand ‘My Crazy Life.’

BBC documentary commissioning editor Clare Sillery will now serve as interim head of BBC documentaries until year’s end. Her credits include The Detectives, How to Die: Simon’s Choice, Abused: The Untold Story, and The Real Marigold Hotel.

“Patrick is the right creative leader to bring confidence back to BBC2 and give the channel a greater sense of identity in a crowded TV landscape,” said Moore in a statement. “He is passionate about authorship and a real champion of the director’s voice and I know he will be committed to making BBC2 a place for creatives to do their most distinctive, signature work.

“Patrick is a born collaborator who backs risk-taking, and whose extensive experience and sound editorial judgement will create a BBC2 fit for the future, to drive even higher quality and success,” she added.

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