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Ofcom has announced that Charles Gurassa has been appointed as the next Chairman of Channel 4. He will join its Board on January 28th, succeeding Lord Terry Burns whose term ends on January 27th.
Gurassa is currently Deputy Chairman of EasyJet, Chairman of the Genesis Housing Association, a Trustee of English Heritage and a Senior Independent Director for Merlin Entertainments. His executive career included roles as Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group and Executive Chairman of TUI Northern Europe. He is also a former Chairman of Virgin Mobile and LoveFilm, and a former Deputy Chairman of the National Trust.
Dame Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom Chairman, said: “I am delighted that we have appointed a Chairman of Charles’ calibre to Channel 4. He brings with him a wealth of experience built up across a broad range of sectors. I would also like to thank Lord Burns, Channel 4’s Chairman for the past six years. He has made a tremendous contribution to the success of Channel 4.”
Gurassa commented: “I am excited to be joining Channel 4, which has a unique place in UK broadcasting. I look forward to exploring Channel 4’s important contribution in a rapidly changing sector.”
Gurassa’s appointment as Chairman for three years has been approved by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale MP.
Ofcom is required under the Broadcasting Act 1990 to appoint non-executive members to the Channel 4 Board, subject to the approval of the Secretary of State.