UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) has named John Hay (pictured) as its commissioning editor for arts, reporting to head of factual Ralph Lee.
The appointment comes after Tabitha Jackson stepped down from the role, as reported earlier this month, to join the Sundance Institute.
In a statement, Lee said: “I’m delighted that John is taking up this role, having already made a significant impact since joining the channel a year ago. His creativity, insight and passion for the arts will help to build on the great work Tabitha has been doing.”
Hay added: “I’ve spent much of my career making arts television but never had a chance to commission it, so this job feels like coming home. Tabitha has left an amazing legacy, and Channel 4 has the most creative, most ambitious and most supportive culture I’ve ever worked in, so I think there’s a real chance here to find and back genuinely extraordinary work.”
Hay joined C4 in August 2012, covering Julia Harrington’s maternity leave as history commissioner, and stayed on to commission projects across specialist factual. He has worked on projects including Richard III: King in the Car Park, D-Day: As It Happens, The Plane that Saved Britain and Walking the Nile. He will continue to commission projects across the genre.
As well as looking for new projects, Hay will assume responsibility for upcoming 2014 arts commissions including the return of Grayson Perry, who won a BAFTA for the 2012 series In the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry.