Category: TV; Disclosed Staff

Roles and responsibilities

  • Emma is responsible for ensuring that all Knowledge content - television and online - supports and delivers the BBC Knowledge strategy, from landmark television series to web products and online programme support.
  • The Knowledge genre covers arts, history, science, natural history, business, religion, documentaries, factual features, consumer journalism and current affairs.
  • Emma is also responsible for commissioning all Learning content, on television and online, including BBC Bitesize, Blast and all Learning campaigns.
  • Emma is a member of the Television Board.

Salary and total remuneration

Salary: £219,680
Total remuneration: £227,480

These details were last updated in June 2012 when Emma Swain's salary and remuneration were last adjusted.

Biography

Last updated July 2011

Emma Swain was appointed Controller, Knowledge Commissioning in June 2011, after four months acting in the role.

She is responsible for devising and leading the Knowledge strategy across the breadth of factual programming, including arts, music, history, natural history, business, science, religion, consumer journalism and contemporary factual.

From February 2009, Emma was the Head of Knowledge TV Commissioning, overseeing the eight-strong team that commissions 1,600 hours of factual TV content from Vision Productions and the independent sector, developing supply strategies for both, overseeing the operation of the WOCC and managing the Discovery Joint Venture. In her new role she will retain responsibility for leading the commissioning teams as well as taking a strategic overview of Knowledge commissioning across all four channels.

Prior to her role as Head of Knowledge TV Commissioning, Emma was the Head of In-House Knowledge Commissioning, which involved leading the in-house commissioning team. During this time she also commissioned Documentaries and Natural History.

Before that Emma was acting Controller of Daytime and Early Peak and before that she was Head of Multimedia Knowledge Commissioning, and Deputy Controller, Knowledge.

She also spent a brief period in 2007 as acting Controller, BBC Three.

Her TV career includes years spent as a freelance director before moving to the BBC Science department – initially on a two week development contract in 1996.

Shortly after joining the BBC she was appointed Deputy Commissioner and then Commissioner for Specialist Factual in 2002, commissioning Science, History, Business, Religion and Natural History for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four from in-house and independent suppliers.

Over the years, Emma has been responsible for commissioning a range of highly successful programmes including Don't Tell The Bride; Kill It Cook It Eat It; Big Cat Live; Jimmy's Farming Heroes; Lost Land Of The Jaguar; Comic Relief Does Kilimanjaro; Life, the sequel to Planet Earth; and Wounded.

Expenses and central bookings

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  • Emma Swain had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2010-11
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  • Emma Swain had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2009-10
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  • Emma Swain had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2009-10

Declaration of personal interests

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This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.

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