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Helen Blenkinsop

Head of Commissioning Supply, BBC

Helen Blenkinsop is responsible for BBC TV’s Commissioning Supply Strategy.  She leads on ensuring the BBC; meets its commitments to open and fair competition, strengthens production Out of London, and delivers a TV commissioning process that works for all suppliers.  Since 2016 she has led the introduction of Contestability in TV, as part of the BBC’s commitment to opening up its content to competition. She oversaw the introduction of the tendering process for returning series, and a new operating model for the way commissioning works with BBC Studios to ensure a level playing field and parity with independent producers.

Helen originally joined the BBC as a journalist – working across many of the Corporation’s Newsrooms – from Newsbeat on Radio 1, through to Newsnight on BBC2. She was part of the launch team on both Five Live and what is now the BBC News channel, and managed a major rebranding of BBC1’s news bulletins.

Helen was invited by Greg Dyke to be Executive Producer on his culture change programme: Making it Happen.  In 2003 she joined BBC TV, becoming Managing Editor Commissioning in 2005, introducing a new commissioning process and supply framework.  In 2010 Helen led a review of the BBC’s Network supply strategy to ensure the Corporation met its Out of London production targets, and has recently returned to refresh the strategy and oversee its implementation.