BBC’s documentary strand ‘Storyville’s’ commissioning editor Kate Townsend is leaving her post to join Netflix.
Townsend took over the commissioning role with the UK pubcaster when Nick Fraser departed last year. She previously worked as executive producer on Storyville since 2011.
A statement from the BBC confirmed a replacement for Townsend will be announced in the next few weeks. Until that time, Emma Loach will interim as commissioning editor.
“I and the BBC4 team remain incredibly grateful for all the work Kate has done nurturing and latterly leading the Storyville strand over the last few years; she leaves us with a really strong slate of films going forward. We look forward to building on those foundations and we wish her the very best for her future,” said Cassian Harrison, channel editor, BBC4, in a statement.