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ITV entertainment commissioner Kate Maddigan to depart

ITV’s commissioning editor for entertainment Kate Maddigan is leaving the UK broadcaster as part of cost-savings measures. In an internal memo sent to the commissioning team on Tuesday (Nov. 8), ITV said ...
November 8, 2016

ITV’s commissioning editor for entertainment Kate Maddigan is leaving the UK broadcaster as part of cost-savings measures.

In an internal memo sent to the commissioning team on Tuesday (Nov. 8), ITV said her position was cut.

“As part of the ITV-wide cost savings, we have taken the difficult decision to reduce the Comedy Entertainment team by one person,” the company said. “After six years at ITV, Kate Maddigan has decided this presents her with an opportunity to move on and pursue a new challenge.”

Maddigan oversaw several factual entertainment programs, including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, The Only Way Is Essex, Britain’s Got More Talent and Release the Hounds.

Earlier this year, ITV chief executive Adam Crozierannounced plans cut £25 million (US$32.79 million) in overhead costs by 2017 in the wake of the UK voters’ decision to leave the European Union.

As part of those plans, the company will cut 120 jobs and shuttered its northern drama hub.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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