Kelly Webb-Lamb, Channel 4’s Deputy Director of Programmes and Head of Popular Factual, has announced her decision to leave the broadcaster later this year.
During her five years at Channel 4 Webb-Lamb has worked alongside Ian Katz in realising the channel’s creative strategy, acted as commissioning lead for the 4 All the UK strategy and has been instrumental in the channel’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Webb-Lamb will remain in her role until the summer and then on a part time basis into the autumn.
Webb-Lamb said: “Channel 4 is a very special place; quite possibly the most special place in the industry. There’s nowhere I’ve worked where your staff-pass says freedom, creativity and risk quite as loudly. It is therefore very hard to leave. But after five years and a whole load of change, the channel is now in a really strong place creatively, and I am super proud of what we’ve achieved. So it’s a good time for me to take the leap and say goodbye – new adventures are beckoning. I will miss my colleagues painfully much – even though I haven’t seen most of them in person for almost a year – they are the best commissioning team you could ever hope for. But I’ll be around for a good while yet. On Zoom, at least…”
Katz added: “Kelly has played a huge part in shaping Channel 4 over the last five years and been a wise, generous and creatively inspiring partner for the last three. She is one of the most formidable people I’ve ever worked with, as mischievous as she is ferociously clever and passionate about what Channel 4 can and should be. She has a remarkable ability to make any show better, whatever the genre, and many of our most successful shows, from Old Age Home for 4 Year Olds to the Circle, bear her creative fingerprints. We’ll all miss her hugely but I’m enormously grateful for everything she has done for the channel, and delighted that she’s agreed to stick around till the summer to complete perhaps her most ambitious project yet, the Black Takeover of the schedule.”