Channel 5 has raided Channel 4, stealing three of its top
programming bosses to spearhead a major push to improve its schedule in
The channel has hired E4's head of programmes, Andrew Newman. While at
E4, Newman was responsible for shows such as Banzai and Big Brother's
Little Brother, both aimed at the youth audience.
Sue Murphy, Channel 4's commissioning editor of factual entertainment,
is moving to Channel 5 to become the channel's controller of factual
Dan Chambers, Channel 4's editor of science, will become the controller
of factual at Channel 5. He was jointly responsible for the first series
of Big Brother and for documentaries such as Cannibal and Secrets of the
All three used to work with Channel 5's director of programmes, Kevin
Lygo, who quit Channel 4 last month to become Channel 5's director of
programmes. His departure was a body blow for Channel 4 - his
commissions during his time there included the highly successful Trigger
Happy TV, So Graham Norton and Spaced.
Nick Milligan, Channel 5's deputy chief executive, said: "This team has
spent their careers targeting ABC1 16- to 44-year-olds. They will enable
us to focus on profile as we continue to grow."