Former Endemol UK chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette (pictured) has been named non-executive chairman of ITV, effective May 12.
The exec is to succeed long-time chairman Archie Norman, who revealed in January that he would step down from the position after more than six years. An official exit is slated to take place at the broadcaster’s Annual General Meeting in May.
Bazalgette, who has served as non-executive director of ITV since June 2013, was previously chairman of Endemol UK and also served as the chief creative officer of Endemol Group, where he is credited with bringing Big Brother to the UK, as well as the creation of such formats as Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms.
In addition, he served as a non-executive director at Channel 4 from 2001 until 2004, and was also a non-executive director at the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport from 2011 to 2013.
Bazalgette has served as the chair of Arts Council England since February 2013 and will hold the position until January 2017. He is also the current president of the Royal Television Society.
“We went through an extensive and rigorous process to ensure that we found the best possible candidate to become the next chairman of ITV,” said Andy Haste, ITV’s senior independent non-executive director, in a statement. “Out of a strong field of candidates, it was very clear to us that Peter is the right person to take on the role and we’re delighted that he has accepted.”
Norman added: “The last six years has been undoubtedly challenging but also extremely rewarding and enjoyable, and an experience I would not have missed for the world.”