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Tom Archer appointed Controller of Factual Production, BBC Vision

Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer, BBC Vision Productions, announced today that Tom Archer has been confirmed in the post of Controller, Factual Production, BBC Vision having been acting in the role since May.


Based in Bristol, he will have overall responsibility for the factual production departments in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester with a portfolio of programmes ranging from the Natural History Unit's output, to Watchdog, Horizon, Gardeners' World, Songs Of Praise and The One Show.


Peter Salmon says: "Tom is a brilliant and proven leader. He runs happy and successful teams committed to innovation and quality and has had a strong career throughout the UK factual sector in both commissioning and production.


"Factual programme makers have been through some tough times at the BBC but have emerged as a strong fighting force on every front.


"I am optimistic that our teams all over the UK will benefit from his experience and wisdom."


Jana Bennett, Director, BBC Vision, adds: "The Bristol factual unit under Tom Archer's leadership was enormously successful.


"Together with his experience of programme making Tom also brings to this role his experience as a commissioner and a deep understanding of the genre.


"He is 100% committed to in-house production and is determined to see it flourish right across the UK.


"In his role as Controller of Factual Productions Tom will be responsible for bringing all the factual content making areas across the BBC together."


Tom Archer says: "My aim is to make sure the BBC's own factual departments are world class, like the Natural History Unit, bringing the audience the most fantastic experiences we can create, and to do that at a time of unprecedented change in both how programmes are made and how we choose to watch them."


In addition to the Acting Controller role (following Keith Scholey's departure), Tom has remained as Head of BBC Vision's Documentaries and Features Department in Bristol but will now relinquish those responsibilities, and that post will be advertised shortly.


In Bristol he has executive produced a variety of programmes ranging from Great Britons and Ray Mears to Antiques Roadshow and DIY SOS.


Last year the department won both the Grierson and RTS awards for best documentary series with Anatomy Of A Crime.


Tom also worked as the BBC's Commissioner for Documentaries and Contemporary Factual, and was responsible for commissioning long-running hits such as Coast, Tribe, Who Do You Think You Are? and Grumpy Old Men.


Before joining the BBC in 2002, Tom was Controller of Granada Bristol (formerly United Productions), creating their specialist documentary department, which made history series for ITV and BBC Two, plus the David Starkey series Elizabeth and Six Wives Of Henry VIII for Channel 4.


Prior to that he was an investigative journalist and led the Channel 4 Dispatches team in their high-profile investigation of the Bristol baby heart surgery scandal.


Notes to Editors


BBC Vision


BBC Vision is the biggest integrated multimedia broadcast and production group of its kind in the world. Vision – because it makes BBC content that people watch – is led by Jana Bennett, Director, BBC Vision, and comprises Vision Productions led by Peter Salmon; Vision Operations led by Bal Samra; Multiplatform Commissioning across Fiction, Knowledge and Entertainment; and the channels and services BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies, BBC Switch, HDTV and Learning.


BBC Vision Productions


BBC Vision Productions is the BBC's in-house production arm. At any one time the department has about 4,000 programme and multiplatform programme makers in four genre groups across the whole of the UK including drama, entertainment, comedy and factual.






Category: Factual & Arts TV; BBC
Date: 10.09.2008
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