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BBC appoints two portfolio editors as part of commissioning restructure

British pubcaster, the BBC, has appointed two new portfolio editors, Syeda Irtizaali at BBC One and Jo Smith at BBC Two and Four, as part of a TV division restructuring ...
March 17, 2021

British pubcaster, the BBC, has appointed two new portfolio editors, Syeda Irtizaali at BBC One and Jo Smith at BBC Two and Four, as part of a TV division restructuring effort announced last December.

The restructuring saw Charlotte Moore take on the role of chief content officer, and does away with controller titles as it looks to fuel the growth of its iPlayer service.

Both Irtizaali and Smith report directly to Dan McGolpin, director of BBC iPlayer and Channels, who will bring all programming and curation activity across BBC iPlayer and the channels together under one roof.

Neither Irtizaali or Smith are new to the pubcaster. Irtizaali joined the BBC in February 2020 as commissioning editor in entertainment, where she oversaw a range of brands including Top Gear and MasterChef, and commissioned shows including Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation, Bamous and Peter Crouch Save Our Summer. Prior to that she was a commissioning editor at Channel 4.

For her part, Smith has been executive editor for BBC Three since 2019, where she played a key role in implementing BBC Three’s iPlayer first commissioning strategy, as well as building collaborative relationships across the organization to help drive bigger demand for Three content. Smith has also executive produced shows including Hot Property and Fight For First: Excel esports. She has also worked in the digital space with Google and YouTube.

Both Irtizaali and Smith will begin their new roles on April 12.

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