Andrew O’Connell exits ITV

ITV factual commissioner Andrew O'Connell has left the UK broadcaster after two years.
May 18, 2016

ITV factual commissioner Andrew O’Connell has left the UK broadcaster after two years.

The former Channel 5 exec joined ITV in 2014 on a contract basis and became full-time in 2015 following commissioner Katy Thorogood’s departure.

“After two years in ITV’s factual team, I have decided that this period of creative change offers me the opportunity to move on to new adventures,” O’Connell said in a statement.

O’Connell’s commissioning credits include Sugar Free FarmLife at The ExtremeRookies and When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust.

His exit follows the departures of director of factual Richard Klein and entertainment commissioner Claire Zolkwer earlier this year.

There have been a series of changes to the commissioning teams at ITV following the appointment of Kevin Lygo as director of television.

In April, Lygo made several new appointments, including hiring former Optomen MD Sue Murphy to the newly created head of factual entertainment post.

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