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Meet the UK Factual Commissioners: Harry Lansdown, Commissioning Editor, Formats, Features and Specialist Factual, BBC3

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Harry Lansdown, commissioning editor, formats, features and specialist factual, BBC3 recently outlined his commissioning needs to attendees of the Broadcast Factual Forum.

Harry's overview of BBC3:
      • Average age of viewers is 37 years; focus is on attracting younger viewers but happy that older viewers also come to the channel
      • Programmes must not be exclusively ‘youth’ subjects like gap years or flatshares.
      • Viewers like information presented in an entertaining way by younger British presenters;
      • Schedule:
        • 8-9pm – fun and light-hearted
        • 9-10pm – factual programmes
        • 10.30pm – factual entertainment for post-Eastenders crowd eg. Kill It, Cook It, Eat It and Bizarre ER
Programmes that work on BBC3:
 Looking For:
  • New ways of doing history eg. Vampires: Why They Bite, in which Lisa Hilton takes us through the story of vampires;
  • Wants more history one-offs and series;
  • More 60′ features;
  • Programmes that are themed around a subject eg. Vampires: Why They Bite / Being Human

Source: Broadcast Factual Forum 10th March, 2010

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