Paul Robinson, managing director of Disney's UK television channels and worldwide head of programming strategy for its US cable network ABC, has quit after five years at the company.

Paul Robinson, managing director of Disney's UK television channels and worldwide head of programming strategy for its US cable network ABC, has quit after five years at the company.

His departure, which is unrelated to the ongoing boardroom crisis at Disney's US headquarters, has prompted speculation on his next move. It also coincides with the arrival of Andy Bird, who will join Disney International as president after announcing his departure from Turning Broadcasting last month.

Robinson, who was a senior executive at BBC Radio 1 before joining Disney, said he was seeking new opportunities in radio and television. 'After more than five outstanding years at Disney, I've decided it's time to seek out the new challenge,' he added.

During his time at the company, Robinson helped grow the company's satellite and cable channels from one to four and secured a position on the Freeview service with future plans to launch an entertainment channel.

He also struck a deal with Capital Radio to launch joint-venture radio station Capital Disney.

Walt Disney Television International President David Hulbert said: "Paul's time at Disney has had a very significant development and growth of our UK and Ireland branded TV business.

'He has made a lasting contribution topped off by the strategic acquisition of a channel on Freeview".

The move comes as Disney board level directors Roy Disney and Stanley Gold quit the company in protest to the leadership of the chairman and chief executive, Michael Eisner.