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Fincham's switch over to BBC One
Peter Fincham
Peter Fincham worked his way to the top at Talkback
Peter Fincham, the man appointed as BBC One controller, has an impressive record of producing ratings-winning TV.

As chief executive of Talkback Thames his hits have included How Clean is Your House, Jamie's Kitchen and X-Factor in more recent times.

Other more established shows in his repertoire include They Think It's All Over, Alan Partridge and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

But his arrival at the BBC comes at a critical time as it faces charter renewal and the loss of nearly 4,000 jobs.

Television career

There is also the fine balancing act of creating popular, well-loved programmes for the channel while fulfilling its public service role.

His appointment was seen as a surprise because he has not worked for the BBC before, spending his television career in the independent sector.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Talkback produces Never Mind the Buzzcocks for the BBC

He said: "I once applied for a job as a researcher on The Late, Late Breakfast Show and was turned down, so it's taken me 20 years to get a job at the BBC - but what a job!"

As chief executive of Talkback Thames he was in charge of one of the biggest independent production companies in the UK.

He joined Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones' Talkback in 1995 as a producer, becoming managing director the following year.

New adventure

In 2001 he was presented with the Indie Award for outstanding contribution to independent television.

He played a pivotal role in the merger of Talkback, which had a reputation for ground-breaking comedy, and Thames, which had a solid drama foundation.

Mr Fincham resigned as executive of Talkback Thames in January, saying at the time he needed a break and time to look at other options.

Now he says he is making the move to the BBC to experience "a new challenge and new adventure".

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