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Fiona Campbell to head up Documentary Unit at BBC Studios

Fiona Campbell has been appointed head of the BBC’s award-winning Documentary Unit at BBC Studios. Campbell will be responsible for leading a team of documentary makers across a range of history, arts ...
October 16, 2018

Fiona Campbell has been appointed head of the BBC’s award-winning Documentary Unit at BBC Studios.

Campbell will be responsible for leading a team of documentary makers across a range of history, arts and documentary output in conjunction with BBC Studios’ efforts to expand into new forms, platforms and territories.

She joins BBC Studios from BBC News, where she is currently digital director, heading up BBC News online and other digital platforms, including the BBC News mobile app.

Outside of her editorial oversight, Campbell oversees BBC’s digital strategy to improve online services, with a focus on audiences, including women, viewers under 25, and underrepresented groups. She created the successful BBC Stories, a digital video product which targets these groups across the BBC.

Campbell will replace Aysha Rafaele, who is setting up her own factual drama hub within BBC Studios after finding success with titles including the BAFTA Award-winning Murdered By My Boyfriend and Murdered By My Father, as well as Killed By My Debt and Mother’s Day.

“Fiona is an extraordinary program maker, with incredible experience and expertise spanning current affairs, factual and digital, both in production and in commissioning,” said Lisa Opie, managing director of BBC Studios Factual, in a statement. “Documentaries provide a real opportunity for our business to grow, both in the UK and internationally and I’m delighted to have someone of Fiona’s caliber leading our world-class Documentary Unit.”

“We live in a time of rapidly changing media consumption, which presents great creative and commercial opportunities,” added Campbell. “I can’t think of a better place to seize them and shape the future than in BBC Studios.”

Campbell will assume her new role in December.

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