BBC4 boss Cassian Harrison moves to BBC Studios

BBC4 boss Cassian Harrison moves to BBC Studios
Cassian Harrison, channel editor at BBC4 in the UK, is moving to a new role at the pubcaster’s commercial and production arm BBC Studios (BBCS).

Harrison will join BBCS as senior VP of commissioning and content, global services, “on a nine month attachment,” the pubcaster announced today.

A BBC spokesman told C21 that Patrick Holland would cover as BBC4 channel editor during Harrison’s attachment, as well as continuing as controller of BBC2. Harrison will return to BBC4 after the nine months.

Harrison’s newly created role combines editorial and strategic development around BBCS’s international consumer-facing outlets.

The exec will work on the creation and distribution of original programming for digital services that BBCS owns and operates around the world. He will report to Paul Dempsey’s Global Distribution Division.

Harrison will begin his new role in this month. Before becoming channel editor of BBC4, he spent five years as commissioning editor for science, history and natural history across BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the independent sector, working as a producer and exec producer across a variety of genres including history, documentaries and current affairs.

BBCS runs a number of linear and digital services around the world, including international channel brands BBC Earth, BBC Brit and BBC First and a digital service, BBC Player, in Singapore and Malaysia.