Channel 4

C4 names Louisa Compton to head up news & current affairs

Louisa Compton has been promoted to replace the outgoing Dorothy Byrne as head of news and current affairs at UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4). In her new role, which will commence on 1 May, Compton will be responsible for overseeing C4’s news and current affairs programming, along with its sport coverage. She joined the broadcaster […]

BBC, Channel 4 unveil Covid-19 plans & fast turnaround shows

UK broadcasters Channel 4 and the BBC have unveiled a raft of new programming as they look to attract viewers during the Covid-19 lockdown and fill gaps left by the cancellation of major events. With events such as the Olympics and music festival Glastonbury postponed for 12 months, the BBC has said it is preparing […]

UK broadcasters join call for freelance support from government

The UK’s public service broadcasters (PSB) have added their voices to the cries of support for freelancers working in the broadcasting industry who are facing a sudden lack of income due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a joint letter to UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C highlighted the […]

Netflix extends format duo ‘Love Is Blind’ and ‘The Circle’

Netflix has ordered two further seasons of dating format Love Is Blind and the US version of The Circle, both of which have been hits with subscribers and critics. Casting has started on the second season of Love Is Blind, which has been ordered from Red Arrow Studios’ LA-based producer Kinetic Content, and a third […]

Channel 4 hunts for current affairs chief as Dorothy Byrne steps down

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is on the look-out for a new head of news and current affairs after incumbent Dorothy Byrne announced she would be stepping down. Byrne has led C4’s news and current affairs output for more than 15 years and will now take on the specially created role of editor at large. She […]

Channel 4 orders 30 episodes of daytime show ‘Beat the Chef’

Channel 4 has ordered a 30 x 30-minute run of daytime series Beat the Chef presented by Andi Oliver. The series, produced by Twofour, part of ITV Studios, and Motion Content Group, sees amateur cooks go head-to-head against chefs Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster, Hrishikesh Desai and Sophie Michell in cook-offs to try and win a £10,000 jackpot. In a refreshed format, every episode now […]

UK’s C4 promotes for expanded COO role as part of senior management reshuffle

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has promoted Jonathan Allan to become its COO as a part of a senior management restructure. Allan is currently chief commercial officer, a role he has held since April 2018. He initially joined the broadcaster as sales director in 2011 and was previously the managing director of marketing agency OMD UK […]

Renowned Films hires ‘Love Island’ commissioner

London and LA-based Renowned Films has hired former ITV and Channel 4 commissioner Kate Maddigan as head of studios, and promoted chief operating officer Mark Raeburn. Maddigan was most recently head of entertainment at London-based indie Little Gem. At ITV, Maddigan worked on the reboot of Love Island, as well as working on X Factor […]

ITVS-owned The Garden appoints Channel 4 commissioning editor

ITV Studios-owned UK producer The Garden has appointed Channel 4 commissioning editor Nicola Brown as its director of programmes. Brown, who previously worked at The Garden almost a decade ago, takes up her new role in March and will help to expand the company’s slate, which includes Channel 4 shows 24 Hours In A&E and […]

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