Karen O'Connor appointed as Head of London Factual
Keith Scholey, Controller, Factual, has today announced the appointment of Karen O'Connor as the new Head of London Factual.
Karen will be responsible for London Factual Production – its content, its people and its ideas – and will drive quality and innovation in content and across platforms.
The new post has been created as part of the BBC's Delivering Creative Future plan, announced by the Director-General Mark Thompson last month.
Keith Scholey said: "I'm delighted to welcome Karen O'Connor as the Head of London Factual.
"London Factual is the biggest factual production centre in the world covering a huge range of output.
"Karen's experience, skills and enthusiasm are going to help us drive this essential production house forward in new and exciting ways."
Karen O'Connor said: "The BBC's London Factual base is world-class. The range and depth of programmes is amazing with programmes from Horizon to Heston Blumenthal, Watchdog and The Culture Show to Crimewatch.
"Finding innovative ways to help that talent bring audiences to subjects and knowledge of great significance in a contemporary way, across all channels and platforms, is a tremendous opportunity and challenge."
Karen is currently Acting Commissioning Editor for BBC News & Current Affairs where she has overseen a wide portfolio of diverse strands and landmark series including Panorama, Equator, Conspiracy Files, Andrew Marr's History Of Modern Britain and seasons for younger audiences on BBC Three.
Her television career began over 20 years ago and her credits include being Deputy Editor on Panorama and Newsnight, and Editor of the international documentary strands Correspondent and This World.
She has devised and executive produced a range of programming across the BBC's channels including factual content and she was Creative Director for News & Current Affairs before taking up the Commissioning Editor role.
Karen will take up her post in January.