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UKTV’s Mote takes reins at Current

Jane Mote, UKTV's director of factual, lifestyle and multi-platform, has left the network to join Al Gore-backed cabsat broadcaster Current TV, replacing departed UK general manager James Baker.
March 31, 2011

Jane Mote, UKTV’s director of factual, lifestyle and multi-platform, has left the network to join Al Gore-backed cabsat broadcaster Current TV, replacing departed UK general manager James Baker.

Mote will become Current TV’s UK MD this summer. The hire comes after Baker left Current to join ProSiebenSat.1-controlled Red Arrow Entertainment earlier this year, in a move that saw senior VP of programming James DuBern promoted to acting general manager.

In a statement, Current’s U.S.-based chief strategy officer Joanna Drake Earl said: “Jane has the perfect combination of credentials to take Current UK to the next level a consumer-driven market vision, dynamic leadership, a unique range of programming experience, digital acumen and a rich background in journalism.

“She has the rare combination of business and creative instincts that, together with her senior industry relationships, will help advance Current’s mission to be the home for established and up-and-coming talent whose voices are not being heard.”

Mote added: “I admire how quickly Current has established a footprint in the UK market by offering compelling storytelling, exploring subjects others won’t dare to cover and by engaging its audiences with innovative online content. It’s an inspiring company with an important mission.”

Mote leaves UKTV having been with the network since 2007. Her departure also comes after UKTV controller Matthew Littleford announced plans earlier this month to quit the network having been with it for four years.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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