Alison Kirkham was appointed Controller, BBC Factual Commissioning in September 2016. She had been acting in the role since May 2015 and before that she was Head of Commissioning Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years.
Alison’s commissions include: Back In Time for Dinner, Eat Well For Less, DIY SOS Veterans Special, Britain’s Spending Secrets with Anne Robinson, and the Great British Sewing Bee.
She joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006.
Before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning. Her first job in broadcasting was on Radio 4’s Today.