Commissioning Editor 

London (Central), London (Greater)
19 Jan 2017
31 Jan 2017
Job Type


To identify, commission and oversee new Factual programming (from Features, through Docs through Specialist Factual) to play across peak on C5.

To work with Ben Frow and the Commissioning Team on new ideas to build on the success of C5 and its Digital portfolio.


  • Review and respond to programming proposals both requested and unsolicited
  • Oversee all aspects of productions:
  • Dealing with business and legal issues (in conjunction with relevant departments at Channel 5)
  • Focussing on editorial concerns during both production and post-production.
  • Develop new areas of programming within your specified genre
  • Brainstorm ideas with the department for specific schedule slots
  • Represent Channel 5 editorial on location for live events
  • Work with marketing on on-air and off air promotions
  • Regular liaison with production companies and talent to develop new ideas and areas of programming
  • Consider 5* and 5USA as part of all of the above to determine how programming opportunities can be maximised across all the Channel 5 family of channels
  • Be alert to alternative sources of funding, whether co-production or non-governmental as well as commercial opportunities (books, DVDs etc.)
  • Awareness of diversity issues and making appropriate commissioning decisions


  • Extensive experience of working with independent production companies, developing programme and seeing them through to production
  • Good editorial judgement
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience within genre
  • Good understanding of TV audiences and the TV landscape
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of production schedules and budget management
  • Good understanding and experience of legal, compliance and rights issues
  • Experience of commissioning at another UK broadcaster
  • Good editorial judgement
  • Competitive, energised approach to commissioning
  • Capacity for creative problem solving
  • Ability to generate new ideas that are on brand for the Channel 5 family of channels
  • A passion for broad, populist programming
  • Able to work as a team and on own initiative
  • A sense of fun!


This job description is a guide to the work you will be initially required to undertake. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role. This spec summaries the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform.