BBC specialist factual commissioner Cassian Harrison is to have his role expanded, taking on Sam Anthony’s duties on an interim basis.

His role will be expanded to include responsibility for commissioning from indies in Scotland, while the BBC considers the best way of working with the region in the long term.

Anthony was the BBC Knowledge commissioner who exec produced Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die as well as working with Scottish indies.

He is leaving to join indie Sundog Pictures as creative director.

The indie launched by Sam Branson has rebranded and from its launch name, Current Sponge, but will continue to focus on factual content and using two-screen engagement.

BBC controller of knowledge commissioning Emma Swain said: “Sam’s nurtured many wonderful projects from Scottish indies including Welcome to Lagos and Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, as well Poor Kids, She-Wolves, Jig!, Sandhurst, and See You In Court. 

“Sam has been a real delight to have in the team and will be sorely missed.”

Harrison’s credits span BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4 and include programmes such as Mary Beard’s Rome, Joy of States and History Cold Case.