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Channel 4 bolsters factual commissioning

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has boosted its factual commissioning team with three appointments across its specialist factual and documentaries division. Alf Lawrie (pictured, left) and Shaminder Nahal have been named to ...
January 12, 2017

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has boosted its factual commissioning team with three appointments across its specialist factual and documentaries division.

Alf Lawrie (pictured, left) and Shaminder Nahal have been named to the specialist factual commissioning team, reporting into John Hay, head of specialist factual. Michelle Chappell (right), meanwhile, will join C4′s documentaries commissioning team from commercial network Channel 5 where she served as commissioning editor of factual, news and current affairs. She reports to Nick Mirksy, head of documentaries.

As a filmmaker and exec producer, Lawrie has worked across such major fact ent series and documentaries as BAFTA-winning The Apprentice, Hunted, Nick & Margaret: The Town That Never Retired, The Face and BAFTA-nominated Smokehouse. Additionally, he recently served as an exec producer on season three of The Island.

Nahal has served as deputy editor of Channel 4 News since 2012. During her tenure, she was involved in overseeing TV and digital coverage for the prime-time daily news program. Prior to this, she served as deputy editor of BBC2′s Newsnight.

At Channel 5, Chappell was responsible for more than 1,000 hours of content across the channel annually, overseeing titles such as My Violent Child, Killers Behind Bars, Billion Pound Patients and Too Tough to Teach. Chappell joined Channel 5 from BBC London factual where she launched The One Show, Crimewatch Roadshow and re-launched Watchdog. Prior to BBC, she served as deputy editor of This Morning.

C4′s factual commissioning teams are overseen by Ralph Lee, deputy chief creative officer and head of factual.

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