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BBC bolsters factual commissioning department

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MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC has announced that its factual commissioning department has added to its new structure and team with the appointment of a group of executive producers to support the five commissioning editors. These roles have specific responsibility for liaising with independent production companies, development of ideas and quality control.

In the documentaries area, Charlotte Moore rejoins the BBC from IWC Media where she was head of documentaries. She will work primarily to Documentaries Commissioning Editor, Richard Klein. Mirella Breda becomes executive producer for factual features and factual entertaiment, working to Elaine Bedell.

They join Ben Gale - executive producer for both factual features, working to Elaine Bedell, and Documentaries, working to Richard Klein - who has specific responsiblity for BBC Three and Maxine Watson, who will be Executive Producer for Documentaries from next November, after six months on attachment to Daytime.

The other executive producers already in post are Martin Davidson, for specialist factual, and Lucy Hetherington for current affairs. Jacquie Hughes continues in her role as executive editor for Arts and Religion, working to Adam Kemp.

Factual commissioning controller Glenwyn Benson said, "We now have a full team of top calibre executive support for our five commissioning editors. They are all highly experienced senior programme makers, with a senior background in both the independent sector and the BBC. The high quality and experience in our team will enable us to bring the best of the independent sector's creativity to our channels."

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