ITV director of television Peter Fincham to be replaced by Kevin Lygo

Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, is stepping down and will be replaced by ITV Studios managing director Kevin Lygo. Fincham, who has been with ITV for eight years, said he is considering a move to the independent production sector.


“This is a personal decision that I have been thinking about for a good while,” he said. “By the time I leave at Easter, I will have been a channel controller at the BBC and ITV, amazing as it seems, for 11 years.


Quite simply, it’s time to do something different.” “I haven’t made any firm plans for the future yet, but I wouldn’t rule out a return to the indie sector. I ran [production company] TalkBack [Thames] for a lot longer than I’ve been on the broadcasting side and that indie heart has never quite stopped beating.” 


ITV also announced that ITV Studios UK managing director Julian Bellamy, an ex-Channel 4 and Discovery senior executive, is to step up to take over running the global studios business from Lygo. “Peter came to see me in September to say that he wanted to step down and whilst I am sorry to see him leave, eight years is a long time and I fully respect his desire for a new challenge,” said ITV chief executive Adam Crozier.


“He and I have worked closely together since I joined ITV and he has been a great creative partner and has led a brilliant creative transformation of ITV’s programming, launching some of the biggest shows on British television. We wish him all the very best for the future.”


Taken from The Guardian, written by Mark Sweney.