Magazine article Screen International

Channel 4 Chief David Abraham to Exit

Magazine article Screen International

Channel 4 Chief David Abraham to Exit

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David Abraham is to step down as UK broadcaster Channel 4's chief executive by the end of 2017.

Channel 4 mistakenly tweeted the news from its @C4Press account on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that Abraham is to return to the private sector to launch a media enterprise after seven years at the public broadcaster.

He said he is leaving to "build an organisation" that makes use of his experience "leading different kinds of innovative creative businesses," although details of the move are unclear.

Abraham became Channel 4's sixth chief executive in January 2010 after joining from UKTV where he held the same role for three years.

He said he had "enjoyed every day" of his tenure at C4, specifically "working with insanely talented and committed people".

He added: "I am looking forward to working with the Channel 4 board to support and hand over to my successor and then begin the next phase of my life. …

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