ITV Director of Entertainment and Comedy Steps Down

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Elaine Bedell will leave after seven years as Kevin Lygo is set to take over as ITV's director of television.

U.K. TV giant ITV said on Thursday that its director of entertainment and comedy, Elaine Bedell, has decided to step down after seven years.

The news comes after the recent appointment of a new head of TV at the British company.

Bedell, who joined ITV in 2009, has been responsible for commissioning and overseeing such shows as Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and sitcom Benidorm. She will leave ITV at the end of February.

Said outgoing ITV director of television Peter Fincham: "Elaine has been a tremendous colleague over the past seven years and has led the entertainment and comedy team with unswerving commitment and enormous flair. I can completely understand why she wants to seek new pastures, and I wish her the very best of luck."

Kevin Lygo, who is set to take over from Fincham as ITV's director of television on Monday, added: "Elaine has done a great job running entertainment and comedy at ITV. We have worked closely together during my time at ITV Studios, and I am sorry that she has decided to step down, and that we won’t get a chance to work together when I cross the divide to look after the channels business. I wish her every success for the future."

Bedell called her time at ITV "the most exhilarating seven years." She added: "I'm very proud of our output, but seven years is a long time to be a commissioner and it's time for me to move on and let someone else make their mark."