Channel 4 has called off its search for a new children's and young people's chief after persuading Andi Peters to stay in the job, writes Ashley Davies.
The news comes as C4 also revealed that it has replaced C4 editor of nighttime Steve Keane with Ideal World's Darren Bender.

Keane was named head of interactive commissioning for C4's new entertainment portal last month (Broadcast, 14.1.00).

Peters, 29, said he wanted to step down as commissioning editor, children and young people's programmes last October, to concentrate on running early weekday morning and Sunday daytime kids' slot T4, and to return to presenting (Broadcast, 29.10.99). But Peters stayed on in the job.

Head of entertainment and music Kevin Lygo then took over children's output from deputy director of programmes Karen Brown.

Lygo, who persuaded Peters to stay, told Broadcast: 'I am delighted Andi is staying. He has made T4 into something from nothing.'

Bender, 34, series edited 110 films for 4Later's The Other Side and also directed editions of BBC 2's The Late Show and ITV's Network First.

He joins on 6 March, reporting to Brown.

Bender said: 'My aim is to get there ahead of the rest and make 4Later the centre of culture-leading interactive formats for the growing number of insomniacs and people in charge of their own work schedule.'

At the same time, C4 assistant editor, nighttime and development Zizi Durrance becomes deputy commissioning editor, nighttime, reporting to Bender.