Sioned Wiliam has been appointed as the new Commissioning Editor for Comedy, BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra.
She indirectly replaces Caroline Raphael, who was Commissioning Editor for Comedy and Fiction, whose position was cut back in an internal restructuring last year.
Sioned will be responsible for the overall development and editorial direction of Radio 4’s comedy output, commissioning ideas from both BBC and independent programme makers with a focus on “developing and championing new talent and programme ideas as well as the enduring popular shows on the network”.
Sioned will join the team of commissioning editors for Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra – Mohit Bakaya (factual), Jeremy Howe (drama) and Tony Phillips (arts) – who work with Controller Gwyneth Williams, in March. Radio 4 broadcasts more than 180 hours of original comedy each year, ranging from quizzes and panel shows to stand-up, sketch shows and sitcoms.
Wiliam started her comedy career as a member of the Oxford Revue, performing with Armando Iannucci, Rebecca Front and David Schneider. She joined the BBC Radio Light Entertainment Department as a producer in 1988, working on shows with Jenny Eclair, Paul Merton, Steve Coogan and Nicholas Parsons among others. In 1989, she performed in a double act for Radio 4 with Rebecca Front in two series of Girls Will Be Girls, which are still occasionally played in the evenings on Radio 4 Extra.
Sioned Wiliam says: “I am thrilled to be returning to Radio 4 to work with some of the best talent in British comedy and hope to do justice to the amazing legacy left by Caroline Raphael.”
Gwyneth Williams, Controller of Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra, added: “Radio 4’s comedy programmes are enjoyed by millions of listeners each week, both on air and digitally, so it’s a pleasure to welcome someone as experienced and talented as Sioned to my senior team as comedy commissioner. Sioned has an outstanding reputation in the world of comedy with an impressive CV in both radio and TV and I’m confident she’ll be bringing the best ideas, talent and programmes to our listeners.”