Alex Mahon


BBC and Channel 4 urge action over PSB prominence

The heads of the BBC and Channel 4 have come together to call for new legislation that will protect the prominence of UK public service output in today’s changing and increasingly digital media landscape. Speaking at a parliamentary event yesterday, BBC director general Tony Hall and Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said action was needed […]

Channel 4 restructure continues with return of COO role

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has created a number of new executive roles – including chief operating officer and chief product officer – as part of a shakeup of the top brass. The chief product officer will spearhead the UK broadcaster’s push into new digital areas and will also take responsibility for online service All 4. […]

‘Biggest restructure’ in Channel 4 history underway

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is to undergo its biggest restructure in its 35-year history. A radical new strategy will see content spend on ‘nations and regions’ (i.e. producers outside London) increase from the current 35% of total programming investment to 50% by 2023. That represents a £250 million (US$345 million) uptick, and will mean the […]

30 years of TBI: New World Order (2010)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2010 there were parallels to the rise M&A activity we have seen in the past year. While today we’re looking at the Fox/Disney or AT&T/Time Warner tie-ups, eight […]

Surprise choice for Channel 4 content chief

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has plumped for the surprise choice of Ian Katz, a news executive currently working at the BBC, as its director of programmes. Katz (pictured) effectively succeeds Jay Hunt, who was C4’s chief creative officer until exiting recently and joining Apple to run its original programming out of the UK. He will […]

Apple confirms ex-C4 exec Jay Hunt as Euro chief

Tech giant Apple has confirmed the hire of former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt, news TBI first reported on earlier this month. She has been named European creative director of worldwide video, a role that will see her commissioning original content from Europe. Apple has committed US$1 billion to content in a bid to […]

EasyJet chief ‘favourite’ for ITV CEO job

EasyJet CEO Carolyn McCall is likely to become CEO of UK broadcaster ITV, according to a report. The former chief executive of The Guardian Media Group chief has been interviewed along with former STV boss Rob Woodward and Paul Geddes of insurance company Direct Line. However, the Guardian claims McCall is in the driving seat, […]

Ex-Shine chief Mahon to lead Channel 4

Former Shine Group CEO Alex Mahon has landed the CEO post at UK broadcaster Channel 4. She will succeed current incumbent David Abraham in the autumn after winning a competitive interview process. Mahon is currently chief executive of UK-based visual effects company The Foundry, but is best known in TV circles as the final CEO […]

IBC: VR ‘two cycles’ away from mass market

The former CEO of Shine Group has told IBC delegates that VR is still several years away from being a mass market proposition, and that content companies need to learn a range of new techniques if they want to harness the emerging medium. “It will be two hardware cycles before VR is mass [market], so […]

Ex-Shine chief resurfaces at Foundry

Former Shine Group CEO Alex Mahon has resurfaced at the head of London-based visual effects software developer The Foundry. Mahon (pictured) exited Shine after the superindie’s merger with Endemol and Core Media Group was confirmed. During her time in change of Shine, which she joined 2007 and became CEO of in July 2012, she oversaw […]