The commissioning team

Meet the BBC Scotland commissioning team

Louise ThorntonHead of Multiplatform Commissioning

Louise Thornton, Head of Multiplatform Commissioning

Responsible for: BBC Scotland’s TV, Radio and Digital commissioning

Louise is the head of the commissioning team for BBC Scotland, responsible for devising and delivering a commissioning strategy to create great content across radio, tv, online and social for all audiences in Scotland.

She has worked with the BBC since 2002 and has a background in multiplatform production, ranging from linear television programmes to interactive games and short form viral content. Louise has a strong track record in public service broadcasting, working as an editorial lead in Online, Knowledge and Learning for several years and she is one of the founders of the award winning talent development platform BBC The Social.

Louise was previously Digital and Youth Commissioner, responsible for commissioning a variety of content across BBC Scotland’s platforms, building a reputation for developing new talent, attracting a younger audience and growing digital. She has numerous television and digital credits across the genres to her name includingBlack and Scottish, Being Gail Porter and The Farm and she has been responsible for building strong collaborative ties with key network contacts in BBC Three and BBC Sounds to deliver greater impact for BBC Scotland’s audiences.

Geraldine McCartney, Head of Business

Responsible for the financial and business management of multiplatform commissioning

Geraldine is responsible for leading the financial and business aspect of the multiplatform commissioning team, encompassing the introduction of a multiplatform commissioning process and the business management of BBC Scotland’s new channel.

A qualified accountant, Geraldine has extensive experience within the media sector and was previously responsible for the overall management of BBC Scotland’s financial position, as well as working across BBC Scotland within commissioning, production and on a number of pan BBC projects.

Commissioners and their briefs

Other commissioners

Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Editor

Responsible for: Network Drama, based in Glasgow

Please submit proposals for Gaynor Holmes through BBC Pitch. For any additional queries contact Judith Oates, Commissioning Coordinator.

Muslim Alim, Commissioning Editor, BBC Daytime TV

Responsible for: Network Daytime and Early Peak, based in Glasgow

All proposals need to be submitted through BBC Pitch to the Genre Controller or Commissioner, or Strand Head.

Ishbel Maclennan, Editor, Gaelic Programmes

Responsible for: BBC Alba Gaelic Programmes (TV, Radio and Online)

Neil McCallum, Commissioning Editor, BBC Daytime & Entertainment

Responsible for: Network Daytime/Early Peak, plus Network Entertainment, based in Glasgow

All proposals need to be submitted through BBC Pitch with the idea clearly marked as either Daytime or Entertainment.

Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs

The Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs team at BBC Scotland negotiates your Licence Fee, issues your programme production agreements and provides support throughout production. We are based at Pacific Quay.

Alison Denvir, Head of CRBA, Nations

Jane Gilmartin, CRBA Manager, Factual, 0141 422 6848

Claire O’Neill, CRBA Manager, Entertainment, 0141 422 6928

Annie Paterson, CRBA Manager, Scripted, 0141 422 6848

Gillian Pauling, CRBA Manager, Multiplatform, 0303 0809779

Angela Mills, CRBA Manager, 0303 0800489

Mike Wheadon, CRBA Manager, 0141 422 6307

Other contacts

Alex Gaffney, Commercial and Partnerships Manager

Sarah Daly, Content Discovery Manager

Tel: 0303 080 0289