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David Abraham to depart Channel 4

David Abraham is slated to step down from his post as chief executive of UK pubcaster Channel 4 by the end of 2017, following a seven-year tenure. Abraham, who has headed the ...
March 14, 2017

David Abraham is slated to step down from his post as chief executive of UK pubcaster Channel 4 by the end of 2017, following a seven-year tenure.

Abraham, who has headed the broadcaster since 2010 following a stint as CEO of UKTV, is departing in order to develop personal plans to launch a media enterprise in 2018, according to C4. 

Under Abraham’s leadership, Channel 4 has delivered record revenues, record-program investment, award-winning creative renewal and industry leading digital innovation.

Abraham will remain in the post until a new chief executive has been appointed and is in position.

“I had three priorities when I joined Channel 4 in 2010: to build an independently sustainable business while still delivering strongly to our public remit; to assemble a team capable of delivering creative renewal post Big Brother; and to become world leaders in digital and data innovation,” said Abraham in a statement. “After several successive years of positive momentum and with revenues now of c£1bn, investment in content of £700m and sustained creative performance, I have decided that 2017 is the right year for me to hand over this important public job to my successor.

Abraham continued: “I now look forward to working with the Channel 4 board to support and hand over to my successor and then begin the next phase of my life – back in the private sector where I hope to build an organization that makes use of all that I learned from leading different kinds of innovative creative businesses.”

“He leaves the organization in excellent creative and financial health and with a strong and highly experienced team in place. We wish him well in his future new enterprise,” added Channel 4 chair Charles Gurassa. “My colleagues on the board and I will be undertaking a comprehensive recruitment process over the next months to ensure that Channel 4 continues to have outstanding leadership into the future.”

About The Author
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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