Louise Thornton

I have come to the world of commissioning through a slightly unusual route. I studied mathematics at university, which doesn’t immediately make you think of working in tv but it was working on a PhD in digital compression that lead me towards a career in media. I started at the BBC in a technical project management role and quickly realised I was more interested in the pictures and words than the algorithms. So I managed to get a researcher job on a maths programme for kids and from there, I moved into production with a particular focus on developing innovative content for young audiences. I ran Bitesize in Scotland for many years, commissioning and producing games and programmes for kids and teenagers. I am one of the creators of BBC The Social, specially commended for innovation by PRIX EUROPA in 2016. In my current role as Commissioning Executive, my main priorities are developing new talent and youth formats for BBC Scotland’s TV and digital platforms, including iPlayer, BBC Sounds and social.