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UKTV controller departing

Matthew Littleford says that after four years on the job with the broadcaster, during which he oversaw the rebrand of its channels, it's time for a "new creative challenge."
March 17, 2011

UKTV controller Matthew Littleford has announced he is leaving the broadcaster after four years.

Littleford joined in 2007 and oversaw the broadcaster’s rebranding of its channel portfolio as well as the launch of a new channel, Watch. He increased UKTV’s commissioning hours and also oversaw the launch of Dave’s highest-rating commission, Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, while also securing hits for the lifestyle and factual genres such as Monster Munchies for Good Food and Yesterday’s ‘Spirit of the 1940s’ season.

“I’ve had the most amazing time at UKTV and am incredibly proud of everything we’ve all accomplished,” Littleford said in a statement. “Last year was a great year – our channels are going great guns and we’ve won loads of awards.”

“Thanks to his work and dedication, UKTV is well placed to tackle the next stage of its creative evolution and I wish him well in his next endeavour,” said UKTV CEO Darren Childs of Littleford.

No departure date or successor has yet been announced.

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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