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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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