Emma Swain

BBC confirms Kirkham as factual chief

UK pubcaster the BBC has confirmed Alison Kirkham as its permanent controller of factual commissioning. Kirkham has been in the role in an acting capacity since May 2015 after Emma Swain took a secondment to an internal BBC role assessing future commissioning, channels and online strategy options. Swain recently left the organisation, however, and Kirkham […]

Swain becomes latest BBC exit

Long-serving BBC executive Emma Swain is the latest high-profile programming executive to exit the UK pubcaster. Swain (pictured) has been with the BBC for 20 years. She was most recently controller of factual commissioning until being seconded to an internal role as BBC Television director of future commissioning, channels and online. This future-gazing post saw […]

BBC taps FremantleMedia for factual chief

The BBC has poached the managing director of FremantleMedia UK’s prodco Boundless to become head of commissioning for documentaries at the UK pubcaster. Patrick Holland (pictured) will join the BBC’s factual commissioning team later this year, coming in as divisional boss Emma Swain takes a year secondment to plot the outline of the new, commercially-focused […]