Long time BBC factual controller Alison Kirkham is set to join Apple TV+ as its new European unscripted chief this summer.

Broadcast reports that after 15 years at the BBC, Alison Kirkham will join Apple's international creative development team. The past 6 years saw her oversee the likes of 'Planet Earth II', coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, and the recent hit 'Race Across The World'.

In an email to BBC staff, Kirkham said:

“I will forever be proud that, for six years, I was able to walk into New Broadcasting House as the controller of factual commissioning at the BBC. The last few weeks have shown more clearly than ever the precious role that the BBC plays in our cultural landscape,”
“Now it’s time for the next challenge, and I am hugely excited about the world of opportunities that Apple has to offer.”

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore added:

“I would like to thank Alison for leading factual during a period of such impressive creative success.
“Her strategic vision and skills as a program maker have been a huge asset to the department and we are all very grateful to her for the dedication and commitment she has shown to high quality distinctive content right across the breadth of factual genres. She will be missed by us all and I hope you will join me in wishing her the very best in her new role.”

Alison Kirkham will report to creative director of worldwide video Europe, Jay Hunt. Kirkham will also reportedly work alongside Hunt's drama and comedy production teams - recently responsible for TV+ breakout hit 'Trying'.