Alison Kirkham has been confirmed as BBC controller of factual commissioning.

Kirkham has been acting controller of BBC factual commissioning in May 2015 after Emma Swain went on a year-long secondment to work on the BBC’s  commissioning strategy. Last month it was announced that Swain was leaving the BBC.

Kirkham will report into BBC director content Charlotte Moore and will sit on the BBC Content Board.

Before becoming acting controller, Kirkham was head of commissioning formats and features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years. Her commissions include: Back In Time for Dinner, Eat Well For Less, DIY SOS Veterans Special, Britain’s Spending Secrets with Anne Robinson, and the Great British Sewing Bee

She joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer for daytime and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006.

Prior to that, Kirkham worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning. Her first broadcasting job was on Radio 4’s Today Programme.

Moore said: “Alison has proved herself as a dynamic creative leader with a real passion for factual.”

Staff Reporter

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