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ITV sees further leadership changes as Director of Television Peter Fincham steps down

Written by Daniel Kirby on 18th January 2016

After nearly eight years of success at the broadcaster, Director of Television Peter Fincham has made the decision to step down from the post, and will be succeeded by Kevin Lygo who is currently Managing Director of ITV studios.

Fincham explained:  “This is a personal decision that I have been thinking about for a good while. By the time I leave at Easter I will have been a channel controller at the BBC and ITV, amazing as it seems, for eleven years.  Quite simply, it’s time to do something different.”

He also suggested that he may consider a return to the indie sector, having achieved great success at TalkBack Productions during his twenty year stint there.

His successor Lygo has previously worked as Director of Television at Channel 4, and will face the difficult task of counteracting the decline in viewing figures for ITV’s core channels, however the company will be hoping that its recently acquisition of The Voice will help spark a revival.

Julian Bellamy, Current Managing Director of ITV in the UK, will be Lygo’s natural replacement, spurring ITV’s Chief Executive Adam Crozier to announce his thanks that the availability of ‘creative talent’ at the company has allowed for ‘a seamless succession plan’. The company will likely need to utilise its talent over the coming months as Fincham’s departure has come immediately after news that company Chairman Archie Norman, who was responsible for recruiting Crozier is also set to step down. Clearly ITV are undergoing significant changes, and it will be interesting what kind of effect this shake up will have on the network.