Channel 4 has appointed former Question Time editor Edward Havard to the newly created role of channel executive, to support chief creative officer Jay Hunt.
Havard had been QT editor since 2006 but left after the decision to move the show to Glasgow.
His new role is internal facing, so he is unlikely to liaise with the indie community. He will work closely with Hunt, providing strategic support, although C4 declined to reveal specific details of the role.
It is not clear whether he will have input in areas such as scheduling, recruitment or working with commissioners, but it is known that he will oversee the current affairs content on the second series of Zeppotron-produced 10 O’Clock Live.
As editor of Question Time, Havard oversaw BNP leader Nick Griffin’s appearance on the show and has also worked across BBC news and current affairs.
Hunt said: “Ed’s strong journalistic and production background make him ideal for this role. He will be an invaluable addition to the team”.
The creation of Havard’s role is part of an ongoing restructure at C4 that Broadcast understands will now result in its news and current affairs department hiring a new commissioning editor.
Hunt this week confirmed Ralph Lee’s appointment as head of a new factual department, which includes specialist factual and docs. Lee was previously head of specialist factual, and a deputy head of factual is being recruited to support his role.
Hunt said the new structure would create “a one stop shop for factual and ensures there is more co-ordination, as well as cross-fertilisation, between the different genre areas within it”.
Daytime commissioning, in a similar manner to documentaries, is being merged into fact ent and features a team overseen by Sue Murphy. It is not clear whether she will take direct responsibility for daytime commissioning.
It is thought the structural change will help identify daytime talent and formats with the potential to move to primetime.