Helen Warner is leaving UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) to pursue her writing career, which marks the second executive departure at the network in two days, after Hamish Mykura confirmed his exit yesterday.
Warner joined C4 in January 2007 as daytime editor, and was named head of daytime in September of the same year. During her time there, she was responsible for the daytime line up, which included the commission of Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, Four in a Bed and Live Deal or No Deal and new formats including Phil Spencer: Secret Agent, The Renovation Game and Drop Down Menu.
Warner will concentrate on her writing career, which now includes a three-book deal with Simon & Schuster. Her first novel with the publisher, RSVP, was released earlier this year.
“Helen has done a great job in daytime,” said C4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt. “Her many successes include reviving Coach Trip and turning it into a huge daytime hit and overseeing the launch of Come Dine with Me into the peak time schedule.”
Warner added: “I will be sad to leave Channel 4 but having secured a wonderful new three-book deal, this is quite literally the start of an exciting new chapter of my life.”