Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mr Popular

Congratulations to Jonathan Swain, 43 (English Literature, Pembroke, Cambridge), newly-appointed Head of the new Popular Factual Unit at BBC Studios. He'll look after existing shows like Countryfile and Crimewatch, and will scuttle between Bristol, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Jon's media career (as far as I can find) started as film researcher for an episode of John Fisher's Heroes of Comedy, about Bernard Manning, in 2000. He joined Optomen TV, now part of All3 Media (in turn owned by Discovery and Liberty Global), in 2001, producing shows such as Gordon Ramsay's F-Word and The Great British Menu. He was appointed to the Optomen board in May 2015, but left the company in July this year.

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