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BBC’s Emma Swain to exit

Swain, who moved from factual into a multi-platform commissioning role last year, is stepping down after 20 years with the British pubcaster.
August 17, 2016

Former BBC factual commissioner Emma Swain is leaving the UK pubcaster after 20 years.

Director of content Charlotte Moore confirmed the departure in a message to staff, writing that Swain “has decided to leave the BBC to take up new challenges.”

Last year, Swain took a year-long break from her position as the BBC’s controller for factual commissioning to help shape the company’s multi-platform strategy as director of its future commissioning team.

Prior to that, she spent five years in factual programming. Her credits include Lambing Live, Our War, Don’t Tell the Bride, Star Gazing, The Great British Bake Off and Life Story. During the same period she also led the BBC’s coproduction partnership with Discovery and spent time as the acting controller of BBC3 and BBC Daytime.

“Her sound editorial judgement, combined with her sharp strategic mind means she will be a real loss to the BBC,” wrote Moore. “I will miss her greatly and I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Emma for everything she has contributed to the BBC. She has been a valued member of Television’s senior team and a much respected leader and colleague and I wish her all the very best for what I know will be an exciting new stage of her career.”

Alison Kirkham became the BBC’s acting TV controller for factual commissioning in April 2015 when Swain moved to the future commissioning team.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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