David Abraham

David Abraham

Chief executive

Channel 4

Contact me
  • 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX, United Kingdom
My Character:
  • Intellectual
  • Powerful
  • Rich
What have you been proudest of this year?

The outstanding comedy and drama on "4" – from Humans, No Offence and Indian Summers to Catastrophe, Toast Of London and Chewing Gum.

And what's been your biggest disappointment?

Tottenham's performance.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?

Life surprises me constantly – I try not to add to that if I can help it.

If you could change one thing about the industry at the moment, what would it be (and why)?

Lurching of opinion between the "death of TV" and "the golden age of TV". The reality is more interesting than that.

How do you get your creative juices flowing?

A good night's sleep, a brisk walk to work and a lively discussion with my team at Channel 4.

You're planning a fun night out. Who from the industry would be your (fantasy) playmates (and why)?

Jonathan Glazer – he'd know a thing or two about cool places to go. Kate Stanners – she'd add class to any evening, Dave Buonaguidi – we go way back.

The internet has been banned. What do you miss most (and why)?

Our world would shrink. I'd miss how it was. Faster, bigger and more connected.

What's the last Google search you did?

To book a restaurant. My relationship with Google remains utterly utilitarian.

The robots are coming. What would you get yours to do for you?

Put it this way, Humans taught us that there are places robots ought not to go.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

To be able to crawl inside the TV set and be with those interesting people. Which is sort of what happened.

All the world's culture (art, music, literature etc) is about to be destroyed. What one thing would you save (and why)?

The works of Mozart. From them, everything else could be rediscovered.

I'm still here because…

I keep turning up.

The lowdown:

Just when David Abraham has got Channel 4 humming again creatively and commercially, the government has to spoil things by threatening privatisation. Abraham, a believer in employee-owned businesses since his days running St Luke’s in the 90s, fears that Channel 4’s unique remit will be lost if a new owner focuses on “profit maximisation”. He has presided over a good year: on screen, there were shows such as Humans and Indian Summers; the ad operation won the coveted Sales Team of the Year at the Media Week Awards; and Abraham has pushed through a subtle rebrand. However, after nearly six years in the job, he could be forgiven for thinking of pastures new.

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