C5′s heads of factual depart

Channel 5's heads of factual Andrew O'Connell (pictured) and Steve Gowans are leaving the UK broadcaster amid a management reshuffle, and will not be replaced.
March 13, 2013

Channel 5′s head of factual, news and current affairs Andrew O’Connell (pictured) and factual entertainment and sport head Steve Gowans are leaving the company amid a management restructuring.

The long-serving commissioners will not be replaced, although the company has begun the process of hiring a new commissioning editor and factual acquisitions executive. As part of the reshuffle, all members of the programming team will now report directly to the British network’s new director of programs Ben Frow.

“Following discussion and a mutual agreement, Andrew O’Connell, head of factual, news and current affairs, and Steve Gowans, head of factual entertainment and sport will be leaving Channel 5 and their roles will not be replaced,” the network said in a short statement. “We’d like to thank them both for many years of hard work and dedication and we wish them the very best for the future.”

A former Sky exec, O’Connnell joined Channel 5 in 2009. Gowans, meanwhile, had been with the company since 2004. Frow rejoined the broadcaster last fall after spending the past five years as director of programming for Irish broadcaster TV3.

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