Channel 5 has promoted its news, factual and sport publicity head
Paul Leather to be its corporate affairs head.
Leather’s appointment comes ten months after a search began to replace
the channel’s former PR chief, Sally Osman, who left to become
controller of press and publicity for BBC Broadcast, the corporation’s
commissioning and marketing arm. Channel 5 looked outside for a
replacement for Osman, but has decided to hire from within.
Leather has been jointly running the department with entertainment and
drama publicity head Greg Day since the summer, and the two will
continue to share responsibility for the nine-strong PR team. Leather
will report to marketing communications director Jim Hytner, and will
continue to oversee news, factual and sport publicity. He will also have
an input into public affairs, financial and internal communications.
Channel 5 has also promoted entertainment publicist Tamara Bishop to the
new role of publicity head for acquired, children’s and special events.