Richard Klein (pictured) is stepping down as controller of BBC4 to join commercial broadcaster ITV as director of factual.
Klein, who has held the BBC4 role since 2008, will take over the responsibilities previously handled by director of factual and daytime Alison Sharman, who left ITV earlier this year after seven years with the broadcaster.
In addition, former Channel 4 head of daytime Helen Warner is joining ITV as director of daytime.
Klein will work at ITV with Jo Clinton-Davis, who has been handling Sharman’s factual responsibilities since February.
The BBC is expected to announce an interim BBC4 controller shortly. While a replacement for Klein has yet to be appointed, contenders for the role could potentially include Nick Fraser, series editor for long-running BBC doc strand ‘Storyville.’
In a statement, ITV director of television Peter Fincham said of Klein: “He’s been a highly successful controller of BBC4 and I know he’s looking forward to a return to mainstream television and the challenge of making high quality programs for broad audiences.
“ITV factual has scored some notable successes recently and Richard is exactly the right person to take it on to a new level. He and Jo Clinton-Davis will make a formidable team.”
Klein added: “The ambition is to make programs that people watch and talk about in equal measure, and that’s a challenge I relish.”