Rachel joins the BBC from Reef Television, where she has held the roles of Head of Daytime, Head of Popular Factual and, most recently, Creative Director.
Head of Daytime and Early Peak, Carla-Maria Lawson, says: “We’re very excited to have Rachel join the team. She brings with her with her an extensive track record in innovative programme making across the schedules and I know that her ambition and passion for compelling television will make her a huge asset to the BBC.”
Rachel Platt says: “Where else other than Daytime do you get to commission across such a variety of genres? From light entertainment to hard-hitting factual, it’s all there. And of course the BBC are best in class – with more hours of daytime originations than any other UK broadcaster.”
Formerly a print journalist, Rachel started her TV career in live television, working her way from researcher to gallery producer on the long-running BBC Daytime series City Hospital.
Since then she has overseen a number of formats for BBC Daytime, including Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Getting The Builders In and Critical Incident.
Rachel’s reach across Daytime extends outside of the BBC. She was part of the team responsible for the hugely popular ITV Daytime format Dickinson’s Real Deal, working on the first two series as Director and Series Producer. She also exec produced the Channel 4 Daytime series French Collection and Village of the Year.
Rachel has also been at the helm of a number of popular and long-running peak series including: Sarah Beeny Selling Houses and Selling Houses With Amanda Lamb (More 4), Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes (Food Network), Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC Two), and Police Code Zero (C5).