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Rob Unsworth named BBC Head of Daytime and Early Peak Commissioning


BBC Studios’ former Head of Factuals in Salford has been promoted to Head of Daytime and Early Peak Commissioning.

Rob Unsworth is currently Editor of The One Show and during his 25 year career at the BBC, he’s worked on shows including Watchdog, Blue Peter and Rogue Traders. He was also a Senior Advisor in its Editorial Policy Team.

“After a highly competitive interview process I’m delighted that Rob will be the new Head of Daytime and Early Peak, leading a team of very talented commissioners,” said Kate Phillips, BBC Director of Unscripted Content.

“Rob is an award winning producer and creative leader with an excellent track record in creating a broad range of popular programming with an emphasis on daytime, consumer and factual.  I look forward to him joining our other excellent Genre Heads in BBC Unscripted as we work together”. 

He became Head of The One Show in March 2020,  2 weeks before Lockdown and immediately had to work out how to keep the show on air during the pandemic.

During the same period he launched Morning Live, which is now based in central Manchester.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on such an exciting role right at the heart of the schedule. Daytime and Early Peak has an incredible mix of shows that have a real impact on people’s lives. I can’t wait to work with the rest of the brilliant commissioning team to build on its strongest brands, and also find the big new ideas that will lead us into its next chapter,” he said.

Reporting to Phillips, he’ll take up the new role in the coming months, replacing Carla-Maria Lawson.

BBC Daytime is home to breakout shows such as The Repair Shop, Great British Menu, Strictly It Takes Two, Antiques Road Trip, The One Show, Pointless and Richard Osman’s House of Games.

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