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.