ITV exec joins the Beeb's current affairs department

A former ITV current affairs controller has been appointed as an executive producer in the BBC's current affairs department.

Dominic Crossley-Holland, who will join the corporation at the end of September, left ITV in February, where he was controller of current affairs, arts and religion.

He will oversee the six-month transition period before Lucy Hetherington, currently executive producer in the BBC's factual TV commissioning department, takes over the role in April 2007.

The announcement comes after a recent flurry of resignations from the corporation's current affairs department as numerous executive producers have been tempted across to the indies.

While at ITV, Crossley-Holland's work included commissioning and overseeing Tonight with Trevor McDonald, as well as political and religious programming, and news specials.

He previously worked for ITN on a number of roles including editor of News at Ten, running ITV's News Channel, and producing numerous news and current affairs documentaries.

Hetherington is currently responsible for recent programmes including the BBC One drama-documentary 9/11: The Twin Towers; and Execution of a Teenage Girl and The Insurgency for BBC Two.

Before joining TV commissioning, she gained many years experience working for the BBC's current affairs department, most recently as executive producer for BBC Four and as series producer for Correspondent.

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