Respected programme maker Gurdip Bhangoo has been appointed as the new Executive Producer of the BBC’s Asian Programmes Unit.

Gurdip, 35, is widely recognised as one of the brightest young talents in the British Asian production community and has created and series produced BBC TWO۪s Arts and Entertainment returner Desi DNA.

Previous credits include Malai, Network East Late, Sacred No More, Paradise Lost, Unholy Row and SAS Survival Secrets. Bhangoo has recently developed two major landmark documentary projects for BBC TWO, which he will now lead into production.

The Asian Programmes Unit is based within the BBC۪s Factual and Learning Division at BBC Birmingham.

Gurdip said: “I۪m really excited by the prospect of leading the APU. There۪s a fantastic range of programming and developing the next generation of talent both on and off-screen will be one of my key challenges. I۪m also keen to make future programming accessible to a broader range of audiences through new technology and new markets.”

BBC Head of Programmes Tessa Finch said: “Gurdip is a highly intelligent and creative programme maker. He۪s also a great team player with the experience to deliver quality and the vision and ambition to identify and pursue new opportunities.”