Channel 4 has given head of factual entertainment Julian Bellamy a beefed-up role in a bid to keep him at the broadcaster, writes Glen Mutel and Jane Marlow.
C4 chief executive Mark Thompson said that Bellamy, who has been tipped for a factual entertainment role at Five, would now take responsibility for the channel's late night schedule.In the role he will be charged with reinvigorating the 23.00 to 02.00 slot. "We'll be thinking more imaginatively about what we can do there," Thompson said.The move is a part of a series of changes at the broadcaster which includes Andrew Newman joining as head of entertainment at the start of January.He will report to director of television Kevin Lygo, working alongside Caroline Leddy, who retains responsibility for the channel's scripted comedy output.Thompson said he wanted C4 and E4 to work together more to develop new talent and unearth and "more renewable entertainment hits", adding E4 would be "creating a zone to try new ideas".Meanwhile, Lygo has signalled a more hands-off approach to independents by asking commissioners to release their grip on shows that run similar content from week to week, such as Time Team, Scrapheap Challenge and Countdown.