Channel 4 to ax 25% of senior management

Online, TV commissioning combined into a single division

LONDON -- Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham is to cut 25% of senior management jobs in a new restructuring program that sees its online and TV commissioning combined into a single division for the first time.

The move sees Channel 4 head Julian Bellamy become acting chief creative officer -- a post that combines the roles of head of Channel 4 and director of television -- until a candidate can be recruited. Bellamy is thought likely to be at the top of the list of candidates to take the position.

Abraham said the move to integrate the commissioning and digital content divisions would take out a layer of managers and reduce overlap.

"We anticipate the tipping point in the convergence of television with other media. We need to fundamentally evolve the way we work in response to this convergence, becoming leaner, more efficient and blending a multi-platform approach into the center of the organization," he said.

The restructure will halve the number of direct reports to Abraham, from 13 currently to just six. A further six posts in senior management are likely to be shut down as part of the structuring, taking out a total of 25% of the broadcaster's roster of senior management.