Confirmed: Hamish Mykura to exit Channel 4

Channel 4 has confirmed that Hamish Mykura (pictured), its head of documentaries and head of digital channel More4, is leaving the UK broadcaster after 10 years.
November 9, 2011

Channel 4 (C4) has confirmed that Hamish Mykura (pictured), its head of documentaries and head of digital channel More4, is leaving the UK broadcaster.

As reported by realscreen last week, the departure will draw to a close a 10-year run with the broadcaster, creating a gap for one of the biggest jobs in the UK non-fiction television industry. C4 said today that Mykura will serve in the role until the end of the year and “will make an announcement about his future plans in due course.”

There is no word yet on his replacement, although it has been suggested that Ralph Lee, currently the network’s head of specialist factual, will assume control of the docs department in a new role. Lee previously declined to comment when contacted by realscreen.

One well-placed documentary source previously suggested Mykura’s next move might be to U.S. giant Discovery Communications, in a situation that might see him reuniting with former C4 head of programming Julian Bellamy, who now serves as creative director and head of production and development at Discovery Networks International. Another suggested he may head to UK indie Blast Films.

In a statement, C4′s chief creative officer Jay Hunt said: “Hamish has been an inspiring and dynamic head of documentaries, keeping Channel 4 at the forefront of innovative filmmaking.  He has a talent for generating programs that are genuinely creative as well as popular, and reflect every angle of modern Britain.”

Mykura added: “I’ve loved every minute of my time at Channel 4. The channel gives such a range of filmmakers an opportunity to reflect the modern world. It’s a great institution and I’m sure it will go from strength to strength under its present leadership.”

Mykura has served as C4′s head of docs since February 2008, when he was promoted from head of specialist factual to replace previous docs head Angus MacQueen, who resigned to return to filmmaking. Mykura joined C4 in 2001 as commissioning editor for history, becoming head of history in programming in 2003 and later on taking additional oversight for the channel’s religion and science output.

Simon Dickson, Mykura’s potential successor as C4′s deputy head of documentaries, stepped down in April, to join Dragonfly Productions as creative director.

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.