UKTV has appointed Emma Tennant, most recently controller of digital channels at ITV, as its controller.
Tennant moves into the vacancy created with the departure of Matthew Lifttleford earlier this year. Littleford, who has since moved to BBC Worldwide’s iPlayer division, was replaced in the interim by Christian Drobnyk, who recently announced his departure to Lifetime Networks in the U.S.
Tennant, reporting to UKTV CEO Darren Childs and BBC Vision director George Entwistle, will assume full editorial leadership for the company’s 10-channel portfolio and multi-platform roster.
Tennant joined ITV in 2005 following a stint at Living TV. In 2007 she was appointed as controller of ITV3 and CITV and in 2009, named controller of all ITV digital channels.
“Emma will be instrumental in leading UKTV through the evolution of its next creative challenge and I am delighted she will be joining the team,” said Childs. “Her strong commercial success combined with enviable creative, editorial and leadership qualities make Emma the perfect appointment.”
“I have had a wonderful time at ITV and am incredibly proud of the success the digital channels teams have had,” added Tennant. ‘However, I am very excited by this new challenge and to be joining UKTV at this pivotal time. The network continues to go from strength to strength as it maximises its enviable mix of BBC content, breakout commissions and third-party acquisitions.”
Tennant’s start date as controller will be announced shortly.