The BBC has made two new appointments in its Natural History & Specialist Factual commissioning team with Diene Petterle and Abigail Priddle both appointed as commissioning editors.

Both report in to Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History & Specialist Factual.
Petterle has been a commissioning executive in Specialist Factual at the BBC for the past 18 months. Her recent titles include Steve Backshall’s Down the Mighty River (pictured) and Extreme Mountain Challenge, The Truth About Meat, Titanic’s Tragic Twin. Petterle will work closely with Craig Hunter to commission science singles, series and events across BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.
Priddle has over ten years’ experience as a director and series producer across a range of factual projects.

Before joining commissioning, she worked on series such as 24 Hours in A&E, Keeping Britain Alive, as well as BBC1’s The Met: Policing London and factual format Hunted for C4.  

Working alongside Simon Young and Fatima Salaria, Priddle will commission history and religion titles across BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.

Alison Kirkham, Controller, Factual Commissioning, said: “I’m delighted that Diene and Abigail are confirmed as Commissioning Editors in the Natural History & Specialist Factual team. They both bring with them a wealth of experience of bringing big, ambitious and acclaimed programmes to the screen.”

Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History & Specialist Factual said: “It’s brilliant to have the whole of the BBC’s Specialist Factual commissioning team now in place. Alongside Craig, Simon & Fatima, I have no doubt that Diene and Abigail will help build on our recent successes and push us into new territories, forms and approaches on television and digitally”.

Staff Reporter

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