BBC exec Fatima Salaria is joining UK pubcaster Channel 4 as head of specialist factual in early 2019.
In her new role, Salaria will shepherd the specialist factual commission genres which include the arts and history.
Salaria will report to Danny Horan, C4′s director of programs. With the factual team now complete, Horan said in a statement that he, along with Salaria, “have the job of reinvigorating the factual slate strategy.”
Salaria joins C4 from the BBC where she is currently commissioning editor for religion and ethics. Her recent commissions have included the multiple award-winning Muslims Like Us, Drinkers Like Me with Adrian Chiles, Abortion on Trial, and the recent ‘Big Asian Summer’ and ‘Partition Season’, including RTS-winner Anita Rani’s My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947 on BBC1.
Her past credits include producing and directing BBC2′s The Riots: In Their Own Words, The 70′s with Dominic Sandbrook and the BAFTA-winning series History Of Modern Britain with Andrew Marr.
The seasoned executive will sit alongside the recently appointed Nicola Brown, formerly with Shine TV, who joined the specialist factual team as commissioning editor this past August.
Salaria’s hiring comes just hours after Channel 4 announced Wednesday (Oct. 31) its intention to make Leeds the new home of its national headquarters. Additional creative hubs are set for Bristol and Glasgow. The move is part of Channel 4′s “4 All the UK” strategy, launched in Spring 2018 with the goal of ensuring the pubcaster serves the whole UK by having creative decision makers throughout the UK’s regions.