U.K.'s Channel 4 Says Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt to Step Down

Courtesy of Channel 4

The former BBC executive follows CEO David Abraham in exiting the TV network.

Jay Hunt will leave her role as chief creative officer of Britain's Channel 4 at the end of September, the network said Friday.

She has been at the company as its top programming executive for more than six years and was seen as a contender for the role of Channel 4 CEO. David Abraham earlier this year announced his departure from the CEO post.

Channel 4, which has in recent years become a key co-production partner for U.S. networks thanks to such series as joint AMC project Humans, has been understood to be interviewing CEO candidates, but hasn't announced any successor so far. 

Hunt, who had reportedly told people that she would not want to work for another CEO at the company once Abraham leaves, doesn't seem to have a new job yet. Earlier in her career, the 50-year-old worked for the BBC.

Born in Australia, industry observers have in the past also suggested that she could end up working for a U.S. or other company from outside Britain.

"I've loved being at Channel 4 and am incredibly proud of how far we have come creatively," said Hunt. “I will continue in [the] post till the end of September and am looking forward to Channel 4 delivering not just an exciting summer of sport but the richest autumn schedule we've ever had with big shows from The Great British Bake Off to Electric Dreams. It'll be business as usual till October."

Said Abraham: “Jay took on one of the biggest challenges in broadcasting back in 2011 and through immense creativity, courage and determination has delivered magnificently. In recent years the delivery of our remit and our creative output has reached new heights and both I, the staff of Channel 4 and the whole industry owe Jay huge thanks for all she has achieved."

Channel 4 chair Charles Gurassa said: “Jay has made an outstanding and unique contribution to Channel 4. Under her leadership the channel has re-established itself as a creative powerhouse; innovative, imaginative and risk taking. My colleagues and I are hugely grateful for all she has achieved and wish her every success in her next venture.”

In the fall, Channel 4 struck a three-year deal to become the new home of BBC hit show The Great British Bake Off. "Channel 4 is very proud to be the new home for The Great British Bake Off," Hunt said at the time. "I'm delighted we have been able to partner with the hugely talented team at Love Productions to keep this much-loved show on free-to-air television."

 

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