Alison Kirkham named BBC’s controller of factual

The long-time BBC exec (pictured) becomes the UK pubcaster's controller of factual commissioning more than a year after moving into the role on an acting basis.
September 8, 2016

Alison Kirkham will head up factual commissioning at the BBC on a permanent basis.

Kirkham became acting controller for factual in spring 2015 after Emma Swain announced plans to take a year-long break amidst restructuring at the British pubcaster. (She later left the organization.)

Prior to that, Kirkham spent five years as head of commissioning formats and features for BBC1 and BBC2. Her credits include Back In Time for DinnerEat Well For Less?, DIY SOS Veterans Special and The Great British Sewing Bee. She joined the BBC in 2005 as an exec producer for Daytime and a year later became controller of Daytime.

“Alison has proved herself as a dynamic creative leader with a real passion for factual,” BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said in a statement. “Over the past year, she has led the team to deliver outstanding success and has championed every specialist genre within factual, embracing the full range and quality of our output.”

Kirkham will report to Moore and sit on the BBC Content Board.

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