NEWS: Channel 4 hots up the search for top position

Channel 4 has drafted in headhunters to fill its top corporate affairs job.

Channel 4 has drafted in headhunters to fill its top corporate affairs


The pounds 70,000-a-year post head of corporate affairs has been vacant

for several months, following the resignation of Caroline Thomson. She

announced in January that she would be leaving Channel 4 to take on the

role of strategy and corporate affairs director at BBC Worldwide.

Freelance consultant Peter Ibbotson, former director of corporate

affairs at Carlton Television, has since filled Thomson’s role

temporarily, reporting to Channel 4 chief executive Michael Grade and

the station’s director and general manager Frank McGettigan. He will

continue to work on a part-time basis handling parliamentary work.

The brief for the job includes speech writing for Grade and other senior

Channel 4 executives, lobbying, and scripting position papers on


The station is currently lobbying the Government to end Channel 4’s

subsidy of ITV companies which has resulted from its strong ratings and

advertising performance. At the same time, Grade continues to be viewed

as a trenchant and persistent critic of the Government’s overall

broadcasting policy.

The post will also involve overseeing Channel 4’s extensive press

office operation managed by the station’s head of press Chris Griffen-


‘It’s a fabulous job,’ according to one TV public relations specialist.

‘At the moment Channel 4 has plenty of money, and the post involves

working closely with the widely admired Michael Grade. The press office

there can largely run itself. Bearing that in mind, it’s going to

involve a lot of lobbying and fixing.’

He added: ‘Whoever gets the job will have to be quick on their feet.’

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