Kate Phillips will take on the newly created director of Unscripted role, following an internal restructure of BBC Television’s senior leadership team.

The new structure will bring together all of the commissioning teams across Entertainment, Factual, Arts & Classical Music and Daytime, Early-Peak & Events into a single commissioning unit under Phillips’ leadership.

As the director of Unscripted, she will be responsible for the overall commissioning strategy for the full range of unscripted content. Leading the commissioning team, she is tasked with driving more value from new collaborations between genres and with Nations commissioning teams.

Phillips will report to chief content officer Charlotte Moore.

These changes will see the closure of the existing director of Entertainment and Director of Factual, Arts & Classical Music roles.

A new head of Entertainment commissioning role has been created.

The heads of Commissioning who will report directly to Kate are:

Arts & Classical Music – Suzy Klein.
Daytime, Early Peak & Events – Lindsay Bradbury (acting).
Documentaries, History & Religion – Clare Sillery.
Entertainment – to be advertised.
Natural History & Science – Jack Bootle.
Popular Factual & Factual Entertainment – Catherine Catton.
Fiona Campbell will return to her role as BBC Three controller. The Directors of Comedy, Drama and Film roles remain unchanged.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says: “Kate’s extensive experience working as controller of BBC One, running Entertainment for the last five years and previously as channel executive for BBC One and BBC Three, creative director of Formats for BBC Worldwide and her years in production, makes her uniquely placed to lead across this new role as director of Unscripted. She is an outstanding leader and manager with an exemplary track record in commissioning, working with suppliers and talent and she understands the critical and complex role Unscripted plays on both iPlayer and the channels. By bringing the genres together as a single team, she will streamline development to empower our world class team of commissioners to achieve even greater creative excellence.”

Kate Phillips says : “I’m really looking forward to working closely with our extremely talented heads and their teams to ensure we continue to commission innovative, impactful and distinctive content for BBC audiences across the UK. This new role will allow our unscripted teams to not only do their best work creatively, but also collaborate more with each other, leading to exciting opportunities for all our on and off screen talent.”


Pippa Considine

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