LONDON – Channel 4 has announced the appointment of David Abraham, 46, as its new Chief Executive. Abraham, who is currently Chief Executive of leading multi-channel digital broadcaster UKTV, will take up his new post at a date to be confirmed. He replaces Andy Duncan, who stepped down in November last year.
Lord Burns, Channel 4’s Chairman, said: “The board spoke to a number of other candidates and considered many more as part of a very thorough process and we’re convinced that, in David, we have identified a creative manager of the highest quality. He has a track record of success as a Chief Executive and the right mix of skills to get all parts of Channel 4 working together to unlock our full creative and commercial potential and complete our transition into digital.”
David Abraham added: “This is an extremely exciting, if challenging, time to be working in the media. Innovation has been part of Channel 4’s history and it will be at the heart of its future.”
Abraham was appointed Chief Executive of UKTV in April 2007. During his first year he relaunched the G2 channel as Dave, attracting 8 million new viewers and laying the foundation for rebranding the entire UKTV network. That rebrand resulted in record ratings and revenues for the network, which were sustained throughout the downturn in 2009. Under David’s leadership, UKTV also significantly grew its original commissioning and developed a series of successful multi-platform brands across television, online and print media …and across a range of genres from comedy to food to documentaries. David joined UKTV from Discovery Networks USA, where [he was] President and General Manager for TLC from 2005.
David Abraham becomes Channel 4’s sixth Chief Executive in its 27 year history. His predecessors were: Andy Duncan (2004 to 2009), Mark Thompson (2002 to 2004), Michael Jackson (1997 to 2001), Michael Grade (1988 to 1997) and Jeremy Isaacs (1982 to 1987).