Dan Brooke departs Discovery Networks UK

LONDON - Discovery Networks' UK chief Dan Brooke is leaving the company, with international chief operating officer, Sahar Elhabashi, taking charge until a replacement is found.

Brooke: praised for strong leadership during his four years at Discovery Networks UK
Brooke: praised for strong leadership during his four years at Discovery Networks UK

A Discovery spokeswoman confirmed Brooke's departure, but declined to comment further. Brooke joined the broadcaster about four years ago from Channel 4.

An internal company e-mail sent to staff today (20 January) by Greg Ricca, president and chief executive of Discovery Networks International, said: "Today I am announcing that Dan Brooke is stepping down from the company and his role as EVP and managing director, Discovery Networks UK.

"On behalf of Discovery, I would like to thank Dan for his strong leadership in one of the most competitive television markets in the world. Since joining the company in 2005, Dan has been the driving force behind the launch of new brands to grow the UK business, including Discovery HD, Discovery Knowledge, Discovery Turbo, Investigation Discovery and DMAX."

Ricca added: "Dan also helped secure a new channel position on the Freeview free-to-air service, which will complement our pay-TV portfolio and, together with the record number of other distribution agreements signed, ensure we are reaching viewers on all platforms.

"Discovery Networks UK is one of the most vital components of our international business, and Dan’s contributions leave us well positioned for future success.

"We will immediately begin recruitment efforts both internally and externally to find a managing director for the UK business."

Brooke said: "Over the past four years, I am incredibly proud to have led the strategic, commercial and creative expansion of Discovery’s portfolio of high quality channels. I have also immensely enjoyed working with one of the most creative and dedicated teams in television today."

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