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New Commissioning Editor appointed for Features and Formats, BBC One and BBC Two

Alison Kirkham has been appointed as the new Commissioning Editor for Factual Features and Formats on BBC One and BBC Two.

Commissioning factual features and formats from both in-house production and independents to broadcast on BBC One and BBC Two, this role is one of eight specialist editor roles in the BBC Knowledge commissioning team.

Alison is currently a Commissioning Executive Producer for Features in the BBC Knowledge commissioning team. Her recent credits include Joanna Lumley In The Land Of The Northern Lights (BBC One), The Delicious Miss Dahl (BBC Two), High Street Dreams (BBC One) and Accidental Heroes (BBC One).

She joined the BBC in 2005, working as an executive producer on Daytime; and she was acting controller there for six months in 2006. During her time at Daytime her credits included Extreme Dreams (BBC Two), Strictly It Takes Two (BBC Two), Don't Get Done Get Dom (BBC One) and Missing (BBC One).

Prior to joining the BBC Alison worked for a year as Associate Editor of Richard And Judy (Channel 4) for Cactus TV. Previously Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs as a producer/director on Tonight With Trevor McDonald and worked producing and directing on ITV's Iraq War and 9/11 coverage.

George Entwistle, Controller Knowledge Commissioning, says: "I'm delighted Alison has accepted the role as Jo Ball's successor: she's a highly intelligent, creative, energetic and hard-working TV exec and will be a tremendous addition to the Knowledge commissioning team."

Alison Kirkham says: "I'm very excited to be taking on such a varied slate of programmes. It will be a privilege to work with such a great commissioning team and talented producers both across the indie sector and in-house."

Alison picks up the role recently vacated by Jo Ball. She will start her new role with immediate effect.

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