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
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
"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
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 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.