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Clare Paterson steps down as BBC factual commissioning editor

Clare Paterson is exiting her post as factual commissioning editor with the BBC after seven years in the role. During her tenure at the British pubcaster, Paterson has been responsible for overseeing ...
December 14, 2017

Clare Paterson is exiting her post as factual commissioning editor with the BBC after seven years in the role.

During her tenure at the British pubcaster, Paterson has been responsible for overseeing a range of successful programs, including James Bluemel‘s multi award-winning series Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, which traces the route of refugees into Europe, and single documentaries The Cult Next Door from Vanessa Engle, The Age of Loneliness from Sue Bourne, and Behind Closed Doors from Anna Hall.

Her commissioning highlights include such programs as The Great Pottery Throw Down, and The Great British Bake Off spin-off series Bake Off: Crème de la Crème and The Chronicles of Nadiya.

Paterson had also been responsible for championing live and slow TV programming, including Lambing Live, Cars Live, Airport Live, All Aboard! The Canal Boat, The Sleigh Ride, The Country Bus, The Flying Scotsman and The Monastery.

Paterson, who also held responsibility for commissioning from Wales, is departing the CBC to move intothe production sector.

“I am personally very grateful for everything Clare has contributed to the team over the years,” said Alison Kirkham, BBC’s controller of factual, in a statement. “She has been responsible for an extraordinary range of award-winning titles during her time at the BBC. I look forward to working with her as an exec ‘on the outside’.”

 

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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