Sioned Wiliam has announced that she is to stand down from her role as Radio 4’s comedy commissioner. Wiliam took on this role in 2015, having previously held the post of controller of comedy.
Wiliam said: “It has been a huge privilege working for Radio 4, ensuring the good health of much loved long-running shows as well as creating new ones.
“I have worked with some of the best writers, performers and producers in the world and feel incredibly lucky to have had this chance. But seven years is a long time and it’s now right and proper for another gatekeeper to take over. I am looking forward to going back into production and finally finishing my book.”
Since joining the BBC Wiliam has overseen changes such as new hosts of The News Quiz and introducing Sue Perkins as the new host of Just a Minute. Wiliam commissioned new shows such as The Skewer and Now You’re Asking with Marian Keyes and Tara Flynn as well as supporting new talent such as Rosie Jones, Sophie Willan and Mae Martin among others.
Mohit Bakaya, controller of Radio 4, said: “Sioned has been a brilliant comedy Commissioning Editor, and a valued colleague, in her seven years at Radio 4.
“Her knowledge of comedy and the comedy world is second to none, and she’s brought well-known names to the station, as well as great comedic hosts to some of our much loved flagship shows. She has also overseen the introduction of a wonderful range of new voices to the network. We all wish her well with her next projects.”