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Peter Fincham

Controller, BBC ONE


Last updated August 2005
Category: Channel Controllers
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Peter Fincham became the Controller of BBC ONE in May 2005.

 

He was previously Chief Executive Officer of talkbackTHAMES.

 

As Controller of BBC ONE he is the channel's creative leader and is responsible for its editorial vision, its commissioning and scheduling strategies, working closely with the television team of genre commissioners and channel controllers.

 

Peter Fincham was appointed Chief Executive of talkbackTHAMES in February 2003 when Talkback and Thames - two of the best known brands in UK television - were brought together to create the UK's biggest independent production company.

 

He was responsible for bringing the two companies together while maintaining their individual cultures.

 

Talkback productions include The Lost Prince, The Apprentice (UK), Look Around You, Essential Poems, QI, Grand Designs, Jamie's Kitchen, House Doctor and How Clean Is Your House?

 

Thames credits include The X Factor, Pop Idol, The Bill, Family Affairs and Murder Investigation Team.

 

Peter Fincham joined Talkback in 1985 when it was a radio, commercials and corporate video company set up by Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones.

 

In 1986 he became Managing Director and in 1989 he led the company's move into television production.

 

At Talkback, Peter's executive producer credits included shows for the BBC such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, They Think It's All Over, I'm Alan Partridge, the Bafta award-winning drama Perfect Strangers and The Lost Prince.

 

In 2001, Peter Fincham won the Indie Award for the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the independent sector of the industry.

 

When his appointment as BBC ONE Controller was announced he revealed: "I once applied for a job as a researcher on The Late, Late Breakfast Show and was turned down, so it's taken me 20 years to get a job at the BBC – but what a job!"


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