Lord Burns named C4 chairman

Ofcom has confirmed that Lord Burns will be the next chairman of

Channel 4, and will join the broadcaster’s board immediately for a handover period before Luke Johnson’s departure in January.

He will join Channel 4 immediately as chairman-designate, working with Johnson to find a new chief executive to replace Andy Duncan. Duncan is expected to leave Channel 4 before the end of the month, while Johnson departs on January 27th.

Burns is best known in the media industry for leading a review of the BBC’s role for the government in late 2006. Prior to this he was chief secretary to the Treasury.

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