The BBC’s controller of factual commissioning, Alison Kirkham, has left the corporation for a new role at Apple TV+.

Based in London, she will have responsibility for non-scripted series and films and will report into Jay Hunt, Apple TV+ creative director for Europe. Kirkham will take up her new role in the summer.

In an internal message to staff, BBC director of content Charlotte Moore, said: “I would like to thank Alison for leading Factual during a period of such impressive creative success. Her strategic vision and skills as a programme maker have been a huge asset to the department and we are all very grateful to her for the dedication and commitment she has shown to high quality distinctive content right across the breadth of factual genres. She will be missed by us all and I hope you will join me in wishing her the very best in her new role.”

Kirkham became BBC Controller of Factual Commissioning in 2015. Her commissions have included the the BAFTA winning doc, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, and she was the Commissioning Executive Producer on the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and secured their exclusive engagement interview.

Prior to that, she was Head of Commissioning, Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years. Kirkham joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006 and before 2005 she worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald.

Jon Creamer

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