UKTV senior commissioning editor Richard Watsham (pictured) has been promoted to the role of director of commissioning for the British broadcaster, replacing outgoing director Jane Rogerson who announced her exit last week.
Watsham, whose post begins immediately, has been acting director of commissioning since October 2013. He will oversee the creation of UKTV’s first commissioning charter, an overhaul of business affairs and a push to increase original scripted programming.
Watsham’s previous credits include Dynamo: Magician Impossible, The Happenings, The Incredible Mr. Goodwin and Dara O Briain’s School of Hard Sums.
In his new role, Watsham will report directly to chief executive Darren Childs, who said in a statement: “The director of commissioning’s role is central to this business’ ongoing success and Richard Watsham’s confidence and creative leadership, coupled with fantastic ambition, will make sure we stay on the front foot creatively during this great period of share growth for UKTV.”