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Who Needs a Commissioning Editor Anyway? TV Debate

Do commissioning editors help or hinder the creative process of making television? This BAFTA debate explores whether the current system is the most effective way of getting a programme to air.

Recorded on 4 July 2012

The panel includes:
  • Laura Mansfield Managing Director and co-founder of indie Outline Productions
  • Jimmy Mulville One of the founders of Hat Trick Productions in 1986 and since then has seen it grow into one of the country's leading producers of comedy, drama and entertainment
  • Mark Raphael Commissioning Editor in the Channel 4 Factual department
  • Patrick Younge Chief Creative Officer or BBC Vision Productions
  • 'Anonymous Producer' Has worked on some of the biggest hits and misses on UK TV, in the independent sector as well as in-house at the BBC and ITV.

The debate was chaired by Peter Salmon, the Director of BBC North.