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Young joins BBC as history commissioning editor

Simon Young has been appointed as the new history commissioning editor for BBC. Reporting to Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual, Young will lead on the editorial and ...
March 22, 2017

Simon Young has been appointed as the new history commissioning editor for BBC.

Reporting to Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual, Young will lead on the editorial and digital strategy for history, as well as managing relationships with key external partners.

Young joins the BBC from National Geographic, where for the last two years he worked as senior director of development and production. In the role, he was responsible for overseeing the delivery of new specials and series.

Recent commissions include Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist and Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, which has just been nominated for an RTS award in the History category.

During his career, Young has worked as a writer, producer and director on returning series and specials for Channel 4, the BBC, Discovery and A&E and with production companies including Darlow Smithson, Pioneer, Atlantic and Brook Lapping.

Alison Kirkham, controller, factual commissioning noted that Young joining the BBC team alongside the appointments of Craig Hunter as commissioning editor, science and factual Scotland and Fatima Salaria as commissioning editor, religion demonstrates BBC’s commitment to all sub genres within specialist factual.

“When you meet Simon, his passion is unmistakeable — I’m confident that will translate into inspiring, challenging programmes for the BBC audience,” Kirkham said, in a statement.

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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