Kevin Sutcliffe departs C4′s ‘Dispatches’

Kevin Sutcliffe (pictured) has stepped down as the editor of Channel 4's flagship current affairs strand 'Dispatches,' becoming the latest high-profile exec to part ways with the UK broadcaster.
January 10, 2012

The editor of Channel 4′s (C4) flagship current affairs strand ‘Dispatches’ has stepped down, becoming the latest high-profile exec to part ways with the UK broadcaster.

Kevin Sutcliffe (pictured), who is also deputy head of news and current affairs, says he is moving on after 10 years with the network to “look for new projects and challenges.”

“After 10 fantastic years of trouble-making for Channel 4 I have decided it is time to look for new projects and challenges,” he said in a statement. “I have been lucky to have worked on an incredible range of programming with hugely talented people and production companies.

“I have also enjoyed Channel 4′s unstinting support when Dispatches has taken on the biggest subjects and ruffled the feathers of the rich and powerful,” he added. “I’m pleased to be handing over a reshaped Dispatches fit for the challenges of the digital world.”

Sutcliffe’s departure comes after the strand’s re-launch as a 30-minute format last November. It was previously an hour-long format; however, while having been shortened, C4 plans to air a third more episodes this year.

His departure is also the latest in a series of high-profile exits at C4. In recent months, head of documentaries Hamish Mykura, daytime head Helen Warner and head of features and factual entertainment Sue Murphy have all left.

Sutcliffe joined Channel 4′s news and current affairs team in 2002 and became deputy head of news and current affairs four years later. His commissioning credits include Undercover MosquePoliticians for Hire and Terror in Mumbai. He also co-commissioned 10 O’clock Live.

“Kevin was keen to oversee the tender process and help shape the new look ‘Dispatches;’ now that is complete he feels the time is right to move on to new challenges,” said Dorothy Byrne, C4′s head of news and current affairs. “Under his tenure, ‘Dispatches’ has won every major award in the world and created memorable television. He has also been a kind and considerate colleague who we will miss greatly.”

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