Peter Fincham to be BBC1 controller

Liz Thomas

Peter Fincham, the outgoing chief executive of independent producer Talkback Thames, is to take over as controller of BBC1 in an effective jobswap with Lorraine Heggessey.

He announced his resignation from the company in January and is expected to leave in June. He will take over from current controller Heggessey – who is to become Talkback’s chief executive – over the summer.

Fincham was in charge of more than 800 hours of television at the indie including shows such as The Bill and Family Affairs. He was also executive producer on Da Ali G Show and I’m Alan Partridge.

This is Fincham’s first job within the BBC but he has produced programmes for the Corporation including Have I Got News for You and The Apprentice.

He said: “I am used to being responsible for a wide range of programmes and BBC One stands for range, quality and integrity. It also has a unique breadth of appeal.”

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