BBC Studios has hired Fiona Campbell to head up its Documentary Unit, makers of Princess Margaret: The Rebel Princess, Life And Death Row, Louis Theroux, The Met: Policing London and the forthcoming Inside The Foreign Office.

She takes over from Aysha Rafaele who is setting up her own Factual Drama Hub within BBC Studios, following the success of titles like Murdered By My Boyfriend and Murdered By My Father, Killed By My Debt and Mother’s Day.

Campbell will be responsible for leading a team of documentary makers across a range of history, arts and documentary output. She joins BBC Studios from BBC News where she is currently Digital Director, responsible for BBC News online and other digital platforms such as the mobile app. In addition to editorial oversight, she oversees the BBC’s digital strategy improving online services and her team leads on how BBC News uses digital stories and material online and via social media to reach new and wider audiences.

Lisa Opie, Managing Director of BBC Studios Factual said: “Fiona is an extraordinary programme maker, with incredible experience and expertise spanning current affairs, factual and digital, both in production and in commissioning. Documentaries provide a real opportunity for our business to grow, both in the UK and internationally and I’m delighted to have someone of Fiona’s calibre leading our world-class Documentary Unit”.

Fiona Campbell said: “It’s a dream come true from my time as an aspiring film maker in Belfast to lead BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit. It will be a privilege to collaborate with and support some of the country’s leading and exciting new directors and authorial voices. We live in a time of rapidly changing media consumption, which presents great creative and commercial opportunities; I can’t think of a better place to seize them and shape the future than in BBC Studios.”

She will start her new role in December.

Staff Reporter

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