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ITV restructures programming team

ITV’s David Bergg is to step down from his role as director of program strategy after 15 years at the UK commercial broadcaster. Bergg, who has been credited with overseeing such ...
November 28, 2016

ITV’s David Bergg is to step down from his role as director of program strategy after 15 years at the UK commercial broadcaster.

Bergg, who has been credited with overseeing such successful hits as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Who Wants to be a Millionaire?is expected to depart the British net early next year following a handover.

Replacing him is ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions Rosemary Newell (pictured). Former controller of digital channels Paul Mortimer, meanwhile, will move into Newell’s vacated position and report into her.

In a statement, Bergg noted “the time has come for me to move on and do something different and I’m delighted to be passing on the baton to Rosemary.”

Bergg initially worked in sales research roles for a raft of regional ITV companies from 1985 before joining TV-Am, GMTV and finally BBC in 1994. He also served as part of the Channel 5 launch team before moving back to ITV in 1997 as director of program strategy.

He also briefly ran European pay-TV operator Sky 1 in 2000 before returning to ITV one year later.

During his ITV tenure, Bergg worked under four other directors of programs, including Nigel Pickard, Simon Shaps, Peter Fincham and most recently Kevin Lygo.

Bergg “will be a tough act to follow, but there’s no doubt that Rosemary, who was responsible for program strategy and scheduling at both the BBC and Channel 4, is absolutely the right person to take on the tall order of keeping our schedules in rude health,” Lygo said in a statement.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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