Channel 4 broadcast and distribution chief technology officer Kevin Burrows is to leave the broadcaster.

As well as leading Channel 4’s technical strategy for the broadcast and distribution of its programmes Burrows was responsible for post-production and broadcast workflows.

He is set to leave the organisation in mid-March. A Channel 4 spokeswoman said he was leaving to “explore new challenges”.

She said: “Kevin has been at the forefront of the channel’s broadcast and distribution effort for many years and we’d like to thank him for all he has achieved at Channel 4, and for his dedication to the advancement of the UK broadcast industry in general.

“Further details on the structure in light of Kevin’s departure will follow in due course.”

In addition to his role at Channel 4, Burrows was a founding member of the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and the organisation’s technical standards lead.

DPP chair Mark Harrison said Burrows played a “crucial role” in the cross-broadcaster group’s success.

He said: “Kevin was responsible for the development of numerous technical standards to the UK industry and was the ‘founding father’ of the DPP common file delivery standard.  

“He’ll be sorely missed, although he will continue to work with DPP over the next couple of months and we hope will have further involvement in future.  

“Meanwhile, Channel 4 will be nominating a replacement representative for the DPP.”

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