Jeff Ford stepping down at Channel 5

Ford, who oversaw bringing Big Brother to C5 following its cancellation on Channel 4, is expected to leave the Richard Desmond-owned broadcaster on December 1.
October 22, 2012

Jeff Ford, director of programs for Richard Desmond-owned Channel 5 (C5), is stepping down.

The departure is effective December 1. According to a report from The Guardian, he is expected to remain with C5 “in other capacities.”

Having worked as director of acquisitions for the broadcaster from 1997 to 2005, Ford returned to C5 in 2008 from a stint in that role at Channel 4, first as director of digital channels, and was promoted to the director of programs role in 2010. In that role, he oversaw the launch of Big Brother on C5, following its cancellation by C4.

“Since the acquisition of the channel by Northern & Shell in 2010, Channel 5 has once again found its voice,” said Ford in a statement. “I am leaving the brand in a far better place with programs that viewers talk about and truly engage with.”


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