The commissioning team

Meet the BBC Scotland commissioning team
Steve Carson looking straight at the camera.
Steve Carson, Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, BBC Scotland

Steve Carson, Head of Multiplatform Commissioning

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

Steve began his career with the BBC’s Youth and Entertainment Features department and went on to become a producer/director on Current Affairs programmes including Newsnight and Panorama.

In 1997 he returned to Ireland and went on to set up independent production company Mint Productions. Mint became one of Ireland’s most high profile indies, with offices in Dublin and Belfast.

As a programme-maker, his awards include those from the Royal Television Society and the Irish Film and Television Academy.

In 2009, Steve was appointed Director of Programmes for RTÉ Television, with responsibility for in house and indie-produced programming across RTÉ ONE and TWO. He also took on additional responsibility for Current Affairs during 2012.

Steve returned to the BBC at the end of 2013 as Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions, covering local and network in-house production and the development of the wider creative economy in Northern Ireland. During his time in Belfast, the BBC negotiated two successful partnerships with Northern Ireland Screen.

In October 2017, Steve was appointed Head of Multiplatform Commissioning for BBC Scotland, working across Radio, Television and Digital services.

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

Craig Hunter, Commissioning Editor, Science & Factual

Responsible for: Network Science & Factual, based in Glasgow

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

Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Executive

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, Assistant Commissioner

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)

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