Former ITV director of factual and daytime Alison Sharman is heading to Australia to take up the role of head of commissioning at broadcaster SBS.
Sharman left ITV earlier this year and her responsibilities have now been divided, with former BBC Four controller Richard Klein taking up the post of head of factual and Helen Warner becoming director of daytime.
Sharman started out in TV at the BBC, becoming director of daytime in 2002 and controller of CBBC. At ITV she commissioned documentaries including Long Lost Family and Strangeways.
“Sharman joins SBS at an exciting time as we seek to build on our reputation for telling diverse Australian stories through impactful content that pushes the boundaries and gets people talking," says SBS director of television and online content Tony Iffland. “Having a dedicated head of commissioning as part of the SBS team will be an important part of meeting the challenge of entertaining audiences across our platforms with innovative and thought-provoking local content in a competitive and fragmenting media market.”