Channel 4 appoints David Abraham as chief executive

LONDON - Channel 4 has hired UKTV's David Abraham as chief executive.

Abraham: Channel 4 chief executive
Abraham: Channel 4 chief executive

No date has been confirmed for when Abraham, who is understood to have informed UKTV shareholders Virgin Media and BBC Worldwide of his move today, will join the broadcaster.

Channel 4 acting chief executive Anne Bulford will lead the management team until Abraham's arrival.

The broadcaster has been on the hunt for a new chief executive since former boss Andy Duncan stepped down in November last year. Abraham was among the contenders tipped for the job, along with Jane Root, the former controller of BBC Two, and Lorraine Heggessy, the chief executive of Talkback Thames.

The switch may reignite speculation about the involvement of UKTV in the potential tie-up between Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide.

Lord Burns, Channel 4 chairman, said: "The board spoke to a number of other candidates and considered many more as part of a very thorough process and we're convinced that, in David, we have identified a creative manager of the highest quality.

"He has a track record of success as a chief executive and the right mix of skills to get all parts of Channel 4 working together to unlock our full creative and commercial potential and complete our transition into digital."

Abraham was appointed chief executive of UKTV in April 2007 and was behind the rebrand of UKTV channel G2 to Dave in the same year.

He joined UKTV from Discovery Networks USA where he was president and general manager for TLC.

More on Brand Republic blogs

David Abraham has many qualities. Many qualities has David Abraham  

Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs


Inspiring the new cultural shift at Primesight

Inspiring the new cultural shift at Primesight

From the lessons of Buddha to the growing importance of well-being, Primesight's commercial director, Chris Forrester, enters 2015 in contemplative fashion.

Ocean Outdoor finds new owners in Searchlight Capital

Ocean Outdoor finds new owners in Searchlight Capital

Searchlight Capital Partners, the private equity owner of Hunter wellies, has bought a majority stake in Ocean Outdoor for an estimated £80 million.

Top 10 regional press ads

Get news by email