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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
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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