BBC One Controller, Peter Fincham 2005-07

Director of Television Peter Fincham has decided to quit his role at ITV after almost eight years at the broadcaster.

Fincham, former Controller of BBC One (pictured at the corporation in 2007) from 2005 to 2007, joined ITV in 2008. Kevin Lygo, currently Managing Director of ITV Studios, will take over the Director of Television role at the commercial broadcaster.

“This is a personal decision that I have been thinking about for a good while. By the time I leave at Easter I will have been a channel controller at the BBC and ITV, amazing as it seems, for eleven years. Quite simply, it’s time to do something different.


“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Adam and senior colleagues at ITV during a period of great revival, supported by a wonderful team, and there’s a very strong pipeline of new programmes to look forward to. I haven’t made any firm plans for the future yet, but I wouldn’t rule out a return to the indie sector – I ran TalkBack for a lot longer than I’ve been on the broadcasting side and that indie heart has never quite stopped beating. I’ll miss ITV and I won’t deny that Director of Television at ITV is a hard job to leave, but it’s somebody else’s turn and I wish Kevin the very best of luck – I’m sure he will do it brilliantly.” – ITV Director of Television, Peter Fincham

Fincham resigned as boss of BBC One following a controversy surrounding ‘misleading’ footage of The Queen having a strop in a beeb documentary shown to journalists at the 2007 autumn season press preview. He was also in charge of the network when Australian daily serial Neighbours was snatched from BBC One by Channel 5. There were less controversies at ITV, although a list of failed programmes scatter the years, including luring over his former The One Show presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley to front GMTV replacement Daybreak, three revamps later and Good Morning Britain is still trying to pick up the pieces. A disastrous revamp of cop show The Bill saw it depart screens after a previously successful two decades while The X Factor year-on-year fails to improve its situation. There has been many successes too, especially in the ITV drama output with Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and Cilla all proving ratings hits for the network.

The company has confirmed that Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios in the UK, will move up to replace Lygo. David McGraynor, ITV Studios Finance Director, will take on the new role of Chief Finance and Operating Officer of the Studios division.

“Peter came to see me in September to say that he wanted to step down and whilst I am sorry to see him leave, eight years is a long time and I fully respect his desire for a new challenge. He and I have worked closely together since I joined ITV and he has been a great creative partner and has led a brilliant creative transformation of ITV’s programming, launching some of the biggest shows on British television. We wish him all the very best for the future.” – Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV

Lygo and Bellamy will begin their new roles on February 1st with Fincham remaining at ITV until the end of March to complete the handover process.

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