C4′s Kavanagh returns to BBC

Less than a year after he left the BBC to become Channel 4's head of features and factual formats, Damian Kavanagh (pictured) is returning to the British pubcaster to replace Liam Keelan as the controller of BBC daytime.
February 15, 2013

Channel 4′s head of features and factual formats Damian Kavanagh (pictured) is returning to the BBC to become the controller of BBC daytime, starting later this year.

In his new role, Kavanagh will be responsible for all daytime commissioning across BBC1 and BBC2, live magazine show The One Show and the 6-7 p.m. slot on BBC2.

He will replace Liam Keelan who announced last December that he was leaving the company to become director of satellite broadcaster BSkyB’s entertainment channel Sky1, but then opted not to take up the post. Instead, he stepped into the newly created role of global editorial director for BBC Worldwide.

Kavanagh joined C4 last March from the BBC’s kids service CBBC where he oversaw all programs, multi-platform commissioning and children’s output on BBC1 and BBC2. Before that, he was head of planning and scheduling for daytime at the BBC.

“It was a very difficult decision to leave Channel 4 but BBC daytime has a unique range of top quality content, from The One Show to programs like Father Brown, Pointless and Great Railway Journeys,” Kavanagh said. “I really can’t wait to get started.”


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