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Channel 4 recruits former BBC exec to head factual

Channel 4 has appointed former BBC commissioner Danny Horan to head the British pubcaster’s factual commissioning department, reporting to Ian Katz, director of programs. Most recently commissioning editor for documentaries at the ...
March 22, 2018

Channel 4 has appointed former BBC commissioner Danny Horan to head the British pubcaster’s factual commissioning department, reporting to Ian Katz, director of programs.

Most recently commissioning editor for documentaries at the Beeb, Horan (pictured) was responsible for commissioning BBC2′s Hospital, which earlier this week picked up a Royal Television Society Programme Award; Louis Theroux’s Dark States, Ambulance, Generation Gifted and Murdered For Being Different.

Prior to his three-year stint at the BBC, Horan was an executive producer at Voltage TV and The Garden. His documentary credits include The Audience, Louis Theroux: America’s Medicated Kids, Inside Tatler, The Tube and Benefit Busters.

“Danny is one of the most exciting and imaginative commissioners in television with a string of ground-breaking shows under his belt in the space of a few short years,” said Katz in a statement. “The best filmmakers in the country love working with him and I’m confident he’ll help make Channel 4 the best creative partner for anyone with great talent or a great idea.”

“I have had an amazing time at the BBC and been lucky enough to work with the some of the best program makers in the business,” added Horan. “I cannot wait to join Channel 4 at an incredibly exciting time and help to make it the most relevant, creative and diverse broadcaster in the UK.”

Last month Channel 4 appointed Kelly Webb-Lamb as deputy director of programs and Louisa Compton as commissioning editor of Dispatches.

The broadcaster is currently recruiting for a head of features and a head of factual entertainment with both roles reporting to Webb-Lamb, and for a head of specialist factual, to report to Horan.

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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