Tom Archer inaugural lecture at the Watershed

Issue date: 07 June 2013


13 June 2013 at the Watershed, Bristol Harbourside 19:00

Commissioners in British television have never been more powerful or more numerous; but has this led to better programmes, increased audience satisfaction or budding creativity? This question will be posed and discussed at the inaugural lecture by Tom Archer, former controller of Factual Production for the BBC and visiting professor at the University of the West of England.

His lecture is entitled; 'Is television commissioning killing creativity?' and will place at the Watershed, Bristol Harbourside on 13 June at 19:00.

Tom Archer was one of the most influential commissioners in factual television, but in this lecture he will call for a radical change in the way programming decisions are made and a re-empowerment of producers. By explaining the thinking behind the rise and ever-expanding role of the commissioner, Tom will describe its destructive and often poisonous affect on what should constitute creative relationships.

Tom Archer says, “I think that there is a need for little less than a complete dismantling of current commissioning structures and practices. We need to completely rethink the relationship between creatives and broadcasters.”

Until last year Tom was Controller of Factual Production for the BBC and previously was the BBC's Controller of Commissioning for Contemporary Factual and Documentaries.

To view a video of Tom's speech click here.

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