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Roly Keating named non-exec director to C4 board

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has appointed four non-executive directors to the board of Channel 4. Joining C4′s board will be British Library chief executive Roly Keating, who previously served as head of programming ...
November 30, 2016

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has appointed four non-executive directors to the board of Channel 4.

Joining C4′s board will be British Library chief executive Roly Keating, who previously served as head of programming at UKTV between 1997 and 1999 when he was named controller of BBC digital channels.

Keating would then move to controller of arts commissioning in 2000, and then to controller of BBC4 in 2001. He remained in that role until 2004, when he moved to the controller post at BBC2. In all, he has been with the British public broadcaster for nearly 30 years.

Also named to the board were Simon Bax, chair for media group Archant and broadband firm Wispire; Paul Geddes, CEO of Direct Line Insurance Group; and Christopher Holmes, director of a niche innovation and change consultancy.

The appointees will replace Monica Burch, Alicja Lesniak and Richard Rivers, whose terms ended in September. Mark Price, previously deputy chair of Channel 4, was replaced by existing board member MT Rainey in April.

The appointments were approved by culture, media and sport secretary Karen Bradley. Ofcom is required under the Broadcasting Act of 1990 to appoint non-executive members to the Channel 4 board, subject to the approval of the Secretary of State.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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