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Kavanagh named C4′s head of features and factual formats

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named Damian Kavanagh, currently the controller of the BBC's kids service CBBC, as its head of features and factual formats.
March 13, 2012

UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) has named Damian Kavanagh as its head of features and factual formats.

In his new role, he will oversee all programming across factual entertainment, features and daytime, reporting to C4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt.

Kavanagh currently serves as controller of the BB’s kids service CBBC, overseeing all programs, multiplatform commissioning and children’s output on BBC1 and BBC2. Before taking on the role, he was head of planning and scheduling for daytime at the BBC, and executive produced programs including Escape to the Country and Hospital Heroes.

Kavanagh also worked as an independent commissioning executive, and prior to that was head of planning and scheduling for BBC3 and acting controller following controller Stuart Murphy’s departure.

At C4, Liam Humphreys, the channel’s head of factual entertainment; Andrew Jackson, deputy head of features; and Dominic Bird, head of formats, will all report directly to Kavanagh.

“Damian has a great track record creatively and is an inspiring leader,” said Hunt. “He also has a knack for being able to translate great audience insight into unmissable shows and this makes him an invaluable addition to an already strong team.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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