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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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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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