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Jay Hunt to depart Channel 4

Channel 4′s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, is leaving the UK broadcaster after almost seven years. She will be stepping down from her role in September. The move comes on the ...
June 2, 2017

Channel 4′s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, is leaving the UK broadcaster after almost seven years. She will be stepping down from her role in September.

The move comes on the heels of David Abraham, C4′s chief executive, announced plans to depart at the end of the year. Abraham, who has led C4 since 2010, said that he was stepping down in order to develop personal plans to launch a media enterprise in 2018.

No details have yet been provided on Hunt’s next moves.

Hunt joined C4 in 2011. Over the years, she has led a successful creative renewal of C4′s on-screen output, commissioning a wide range of successful and critically acclaimed new and returning series across a range of genres.

Under her leadership, C4 was named both EITF Channel of the Year and Broadcast Channel of the Year. Her commissions include HumansCatastropheGoggleboxIndian SummersThe IslandThe UndateablesHuntedBenefits StreetFirst DatesChild Genius and The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds. She was also instrumental in acquiring rights to infamous British baking program, The Great British Bake Off, from the BBC last year.

“I will continue in the post until the end of September and am looking forward to Channel 4 delivering not just an exciting summer of sport but the richest autumn schedule we’ve ever had with big shows from the The Great British Bake Off to Electric Dreams,” said Hunt in a statement, released June 2, confirming her departure.

“I’ve loved being at Channel 4 and am incredibly proud of how far we have come creatively. From the multiple Channel of the Year awards to the raft of global hits, we’ve had real success. I’ve been lucky to have a superlative boss in David Abraham and to have been supported by the best commissioning team in the business. I also owe a huge thank you to the brilliant producers, directors, writers and on screen talent who’ve made it such a thrilling time to be at the helm,” said Hunt.

Hunt added that it will be “business as usual” until October.

“Channel 4 is a unique and special place. I’ve really enjoyed leading this phase of its creative renewal and I’ll be cheering the new leadership team on from afar,” she says.

Abraham added: “Jay took on one of the biggest challenges in broadcasting back in 2011 and through immense creativity, courage and determination has delivered magnificently. In recent years the delivery of our remit and our creative output has reached new heights and I, the staff of Channel 4 and the whole industry owe Jay huge thanks for all she has achieved.”

Hunt started her career in news, running both the one o’clock and six o’clock news before becoming the controller of daytime at the BBC, and then director of programs at Channel 5.

About The Author
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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