Minus Five: Another top exec leaves

Content chief quits after news of Airey appointment

LONDON -- The revolving door at RTL-owned Five continues to turn: Content chief Lisa Opie has quit.

Hired by Jane Lighting 18 months ago, Opie will be on what is termed "gardening leave" in the U.K. for the next six months.

Opie said Friday that her decision to depart was driven by the appointment of former ITV global content head Dawn Airey to the post of Five chairman and CEO and subsequent exit of Five CEO Lighting.

"Five is in good health, but Jane's departure and the arrival of Dawn Airey as chairman of Five means that it is time for a change," she said.

Following the resignations of Lighting and now Opie, RTL CEO Gerhard Zeiler insisted that Five's content division remains in good shape but said he will step in to assist.

"We have a great program team, and they have delivered good results during the first part of the year," Zeiler said. "During the transition period, I will be working closely with them and with (interim CEO) Mark White to ensure that we move forward."

Airey, who quit ITV last week, is expected to have to wait out most of her 12-month-notice period before taking the reins at Five.