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ITV's director of television Peter Fincham stepping down

Published 18/01/2016

Peter Fincham is stepping down
Peter Fincham is stepping down

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, is stepping down after almost eight years, the broadcaster has announced.

Mr Fincham will be succeeded by Kevin Lygo, currently managing director of ITV Studios.

The company also announced that Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios in the UK, will move up to replace Mr Lygo.

David McGraynor, ITV Studios finance director, will take on the new role of chief finance and operating officer of the Studios division.

Adam Crozier, chief executive of ITV, said: "Peter came to see me in September to say that he wanted to step down and whilst I am sorry to see him leave, eight years is a long time and I fully respect his desire for a new challenge.

"He and I have worked closely together since I joined ITV and he has been a great creative partner and has led a brilliant creative transformation of ITV's programming, launching some of the biggest shows on British television. We wish him all the very best for the future."

Mr Crozier added: "We are fortunate to have some of the best creative talent in the industry at ITV and that has enabled us to put in place a seamless succession plan.

"I'm delighted that Kevin is to take on the role of director of television, a position he previously held at Channel 4. He is perfectly placed to lead the commissioning team as we enter this next exciting phase.

"It's also fantastic news that Julian is going to run our Studios business. The US is obviously a huge focus for ITV, and Julian's experience whilst at Discovery will be incredibly important as we continue to grow and develop in the UK and internationally."

Mr Fincham said: "This is a personal decision that I have been thinking about for a good while. By the time I leave at Easter I will have been a channel controller at the BBC and ITV, amazing as it seems, for 11 years.

"Quite simply, it's time to do something different."

He added: "I haven't made any firm plans for the future yet, but I wouldn't rule out a return to the indie sector - I ran TalkBack for a lot longer than I've been on the broadcasting side and that indie heart has never quite stopped beating.

"I'll miss ITV and I won't deny that director of television at ITV is a hard job to leave, but it's somebody else's turn and I wish Kevin the very best of luck - I'm sure he will do it brilliantly."

Mr Lygo said: "I've had a terrific time over the last five years building ITV Studios in the UK and internationally into the success story that it is today, but the chance to become director of television of the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster was just too good to miss.

"I can't wait to get started."

He continued: "Peter has done an amazing job in leading the creative resurgence of ITV's programming.

"I have enjoyed working closely with him during that time and wish him the very best for the future. I'm also delighted to leave ITV Studios in the extremely capable hands of Julian who will do a fantastic job."

Mr Lygo and Mr Bellamy will begin their new roles on February 1, with Mr Fincham remaining at ITV until the end of March to complete the handover process.

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