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David Abraham, currently head of the UKTV Network, was today announced as the new chief executive of Channel Four.

 

Updated at 13.00pm

David Abraham, currently head of the UKTV Network, was today announced as the new chief executive of Channel Four. He takes over the role from Andy Duncan who stepped down in November of last year. The date of Abraham’s joining Channel Four in his new role has yet to be announced.

 

Abraham was tipped by Media Guardian as a front runner for the Channel Four job. Previous to his role at UKTV he had worked for the Discovery Network of channels where he was executive vice president. During his time with UKTV the network of channels have undergone successful re-branding with Dave being a particular success thanks to its range of new programmes [such as new episodes of Red Dwarf] and repeats of popular programmes like Top Gear. As the UKTV Network of channels is jointly owned by Virgin Media and the BBC his new job at Channel Four will be particularly interesting given the discussions going on about merging Four with BBC Worldwide. Although there has been little development on the proposed merger of late it’s widely speculated that Four would prefer to merge with Worldwide rather than rivals Channel Five which was proposed by RTL – the owners of the terrestrial broadcaster. 

 Other candidates believe to be considered for the chief executive’s role include Lorraine Heggessey who, as controller of BBC One, commissioned the revival of Doctor Who in 2003. Jane Root, former controller of BBC Two, was also considered for the role.

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