More4 head to set up prod'n company

Leaves More4 as U.K.'s 10th favorite digital web

LONDON -- Peter Dale, commissioner of such iconic Channel 4 fare as "Death of a President" and "The Trial of Tony Blair," is leaving after three and a half years as head of Channel 4's digital web More4 to set up his own production company.

Dale, who made More4 a home for hard-hitting contemporary fare with often-controversial political overtones, leaves the web as the U.K.'s 10th most popular digital network, with audiences up 36% in 2008.

In addition to the Emmy-award winning "Death of a President," a documentary style-drama depicting the assassination of President Bush, Dale also commissioned factual shows such as "Feltham Sings," in which a choir is set up in a juvenile offenders' institution notorious for violence and prisoner suicides.

"Peter is one of the most respected figures within British documentary making and has also forged an admirable reputation as a supporter of hard-hitting, contemporary drama," said Kevin Lygo, Channel 4 head of content.