Fiona Campbell announced as 2016 Advisory Chair


BBC current affairs head Fiona Campbell is to take the position of Advisory Chair for the 2016 Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Campbell takes over the role from Sky Atlantic director Zai Bennett from this month, and will be responsible for selecting and chairing the advisory committee and curating the TV Festival which will run from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th August 2016.

Campbell is head of current affairs for TV, Radio and Online at the BBC. She moved to the role late last year after a five-year role in BBC commissioning. There Fiona commissioned such projects as the BBC2 series The Men Who Made us Fat and BBC3 Documentaries – Tulisa: The Price of Fame and Oscar Pistorious: What Really Happened?. Fiona also spent five years as commissioning editor of Independents at Channel 4 News, based at ITN.

Campbell was appointed by the Festival’s Executive Chair, Chris Shaw who said: “I’m a big fan of Fiona – anyone who has worked with her knows she’s a high energy personality with strong independent views; she’s also had a hugely successful career as a BBC Commissioner.”

During her early days as a producer, Fiona worked on programmes such as Watchdog, Tomorrow’s World and Panorama covering conflict zones such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

Festival Director, Lisa Campbell, said: “Zai will be a hard act to follow but with her track record in current affairs, Fiona will ensure the Festival is as topical, noisy, agenda-setting – and by all accounts, fun. And as a former delegate of the Festival’s talent scheme, Ones to Watch (formerly TV25), I know she’ll be as passionate as we are in supporting the bright stars of the future.”

Regarding her appointment Fiona Campbell said: “I am both excited and honoured to take up the Festival Advisory Chair for 2016. The television landscape is changing so dramatically in Britain and internationally I feel great choices and debates lie ahead for us all. I look forward to a successful Festival next summer.”