Gurdip Bhangoo to head BBC's Asian unit

BBC has announced that noted programme maker Gurdip Bhangoo is the new executive producer of its Asian Programmes Unit.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 19:26 IST
UK Bureau
UK Bureau

The BBC has announced that noted programme maker Gurdip Bhangoo is the new Executive Producer of its Asian Programmes Unit.

Bhangoo, 35, is widely recognised as one of the brightest young talents in the British Asian production community, forged his career within the unit.

In recent years, he has created and series produced BBC TWO's Arts and Entertainment returner Desi DNA. Previous credits include Malai, Network East Late, Sacred No More, Paradise Lost, Unholy Row and SAS Survival Secrets. Bhangoo has recently developed two major landmark documentary projects for BBC TWO, which he will now lead into production.

The Asian Programmes Unit, based within the BBC's Factual and Learning Division at BBC Birmingham has been revitalised in recent years under the direction of Head of Programmes Tessa Finch and Commissioning Editor Richard Klein.

The output boasts a broad-ranging slate of observational and constructed documentary, landmark series, magazine programming and drama. Recent/forthcoming highlights include the BBC TWO theme night Pakistani actually, A Night on Brick Lane, Tanika Gupta's drama Banglatown Banquet, RTS winner Marrying My Cousin and BBC THREE's international affairs series Conflicts.

Of the appointment, Tessa Finch says, "Gurdip is a highly intelligent and creative programme maker. He's also a great team player with the experience to deliver quality and the vision and ambition to identify and pursue new opportunities."

Gurdip says, "I'm really excited by the prospect of leading the APU. There's a fantastic range of programming and developing the next generation of talent both on and off-screen will be one of my key challenges. I'm also keen to make future programming accessible to a broader range of audiences through new technology and new markets."

First Published: Mar 29, 2006 19:26 IST