Contact: Gian QuaglieniRegion: All UK

Title: Commissioning Editor, Current Affairs
Genre: Current Affairs
Region: All UK

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The BBC is the world's leading public service broadcaster with a channel portfolio that  provides entertainment, news, drama, factual, current affairs, comedy, children’s and arts coverage across BBC One, BBC, Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies. 

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Looking For


Current affairs on BBC One

Panorama is our flagship current affairs programme on BBC One and the longest running current affairs programme in the world. 

We have 30 minute slots available and some 60 minute programmes to run as specials.

We seek journalistically ambitious and timely ideas - topicality and speed are essential: we need fast turn-around productions to ensure we cover current affairs issues when they are at the top of people's agendas.

There is also a continuing need for Panorama to feel distinctive from other current affairs content out there, be that on TV, radio, print or online. We are therefore interested in how Panorama can feel more creative and inventive, such as the recent The Mystery of the Unknown Man which took a more personal storytelling approach and Paxman on Trump v Clinton: Divided America.

We are also interested in how our content can reflect the interests of the wider current affairs audience. Domestic issues such as jobs, health or home can have broad appeal while attracting a younger audience. 

We have eight hour long specials a year which need to feel like important and impactful documentaries. 

We are always keen to find new talent for Panorama who can offer a fresh voice or opinion. 

All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant genre controller or commissioner. 

BBC 2: 

Current affairs on Two is a place for important themes creatively or experimentally executed - it's not only about what you're saying but how you're saying it or who’s saying it.

We’d like producers to think about how we deal with the extraordinary times we live in without merely repeating the acres of coverage and commentary elsewhere. We are currently exploring how we can cover the impact of the Brexit vote in imaginative, distinctive ways that only BBC Two would consider. What other new, inventive approaches can we take with current affairs?

We want bold simple concepts that can be summed up in a single sentence - allowing us to unpack complex and sometimes seemingly dull areas of policy or societal conundrums more easily and engagingly for the audience.

Additionally, there is also always room for content which get closer to popular more everyday concerns.

We would also love to find an access series which combines relevance with strong narrative that allows the audience into hidden spaces where they can see something unfolding on screen which is both complex but also rooted in a human story. What kind of access fits that mould?

Longer term we are looking for barnstorming high-end or high-gloss series ideas which seek to unpick very large subjects or attempt something on a scale which is breaking new ground by contributing to, and at times starting, national conversations.

BBC Two should be the place for the biggest most important voices saying new things. We really need diverse voices that can carry at least an hour on Two.  We would like to hear strong opinions from experts who aren’t afraid to stick their heads above the parapet on controversial subjects. We want people to be talking about our current affairs output.


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Gian Quaglieni is Commissioning Editor for Current Affairs at the BBC. He works across BBC Two and Three, commissioning titles such as Meet The Lords,  Brexit: A Very British Coup, Jo Cox: Death of an MP and on BBC Three Sex Drugs & Murder, Stacey Dooley Investigates and Obesity: The Post Mortem.