Channel 5 headhunts top Channel 4 bosses

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."