ITV director of factual departs

Richard Klein (pictured) is leaving his role as director of factual at UK commercial broadcaster ITV after nearly three years in the position.
February 10, 2016

Richard Klein (pictured) has exited his role as director of factual at UK commercial broadcaster ITV after nearly three years in the position.

“It has been a great thrill to run ITV factual for the last two-and-a-half years in what has been demanding times,” said Klein in a statement. “The changing of the guard at the top provides the perfect opportunity to allow Kevin Lygo [director of television] to pick his own team, and for me to move on to the next chapter.”

Klein’s departure is the latest high profile exit at ITV after Peter Fincham announced his plans to step down as director of television after almost eight years in the role.

Klein first joined the commercial broadcaster in 2013, where he worked closely alongside controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis to oversee all factual and daytime programming at the network. His commissioning credits while at ITV have included When Ant and Dec Met the PrinceThe Mafia with Trevor McDonald100-Year-Old Drivers, Rookies, and Sugar Free Farm.

Prior to ITV, the veteran executive served as controller of British pubcaster BBC4 for nearly four-and-a-half years.

“I would like to thank Richard for his contribution and wish him all the very best for the future.  I’m now looking forward to the next chapter in ITV’s factual story,” added Kevin Lygo, director of television.

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