BBC Scotland names new commissioning head

BBC Scotland has appointed Steve Carson as head of multi-platform commissioning.

Steve CarsonCarson will become responsible for BBC Scotland’s programme output across TV, radio and online, leaving his current post as head of content production at BBC Northern Ireland.

He will be responsible for leading the team who will launch BBC Scotland’s new TV channel while also helping to grow the contribution from Scotland to network BBC Channels and stations across all platforms.

Earlier this year, BBC director general Tony Hall announced a £40 million (US$51.9 million)-a-year additional investment in BBC Scotland which includes the new channel and £20 million of additional network programmes.

Carson will replace Ewan Angus, who will work in tandem with the new head until the early next year, according to a BBC spokesperson. It is not yet known where Angus will head after this period.

BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon said: “The next few years will be a fantastic time to work in broadcasting here and I know Steve shares my ambitions to bring great content for audiences in Scotland and across the UK that they will love.

“He’s very passionate about creating programmes that both entertain and educate and I know he’ll engender that passion in our staff too.”