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Meet the UK Factual Commissioners: Andrew O’Connell, Head of Factual, Five

Andrew O’Connell, Head of Factual, Five recently outlined his commissioning needs to attendees of the Broadcast Factual Forum (March 2010).

Andrew's overview of Five:
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  • Five has a number of advertiser funded programmes (AFP) but they make up less than 2% of output.
  • AFP programmes free up budgets so they can fully fund other programmes.
  • Extraordinary People strand has a new series in post production and will transmit in June 2010, but the ideas he’s getting in feel a bit predictable so he is reviewing whether to continue or axe the strand.
Current programmes working well: 
Looking For:
  • Advertiser funded programming for 7.30pm slot  – flexible on subjects but programmes on food, animals and vets are always popular and it is relatively easy to secure advertiser funding for these kinds of shows.
  • Programmes that can refresh the Extraordinary People genre, like The Human Camera programme about Stephen Wilshire.

Source: Broadcast Factual Forum 10th March, 2010

 

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