Emma Tennant, controller of UK broadcasting group UKTV, has passed away following a battle with cancer.
According to UKTV, Tennant passed away on Tuesday, March 20.
Tennant headed up the channel group — which includes such brands as entertainment channel W, Dave, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday and Drama among others — since 2011.
“Anyone who met Emma knew her to be one of the kindest, warmest and most nurturing people working in television,” said Darren Childs, CEO for the Discovery Inc./BBC Worldwide joint venture. “She had a sharp wit and incredible strength, and is an inspiration to her team and those around her.
“We are all in total admiration of how hard she fought, and how she was still able to put other’s needs before her own,” he added. “Despite her long illness, her untimely passing comes as an awful shock to me and all of our colleagues. All of our thoughts are with Emma’s husband and daughters of whom she is very proud, and with her many friends.”
While at UKTV, Tennant shepherded the launch of two channels – Drama an W – and also oversaw a significant investment in programming, expanding original commissions into the scripted arena, in addition to its entertainment, fact ent and comedy content.
Tennant came to UKTV following a stint at ITV Digital Channels as controller. Prior to that, she worked as controller of ITV3 and CITV. Her television career began at Living TV, as head of programming, in 1994.
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