Melissa Hardinge

BBC Children's

Senior Commissioning Editor, 7+

Melissa Hardinge

After qualifying as a solicitor, Melissa Hardinge joined the BBC as a Trainee Assistant Producer in Presentation, working with Andi Peters and Edd the Duck! She went on to produce the pop music show ‘The O Zone’, before moving to the BBC Children’s Department as an Assistant Producer. She left the BBC to produce on ‘The Big Breakfast’ at Channel Four, followed by a variety of music entertainment shows for ITV. She rejoined the BBC’s Children’s Department, producing many key titles such as ‘Record Breakers’, ‘Live and Kicking’, ‘Top of the Pops Saturday’ and ‘Blue Peter’.

She is now the Senior Commissioning Editor at BBC Children’s for the 7 plus audience, and looks after a range of comedy and ents brands such as ‘Horrible Histories’ and ‘Deadly 60’.