Broadcasting veteran Dawn Airey has been appointed as Channel 4’s interim chair, replacing Charles Gurassa who departs on 27 January 2022.
Airey joined the Channel 4 Board in December 2021 as a non-executive director. Her career includes roles as chair and CEO of Channel 5, managing director of channels and services for BSkyB, managing director of global content at ITV, and senior vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Yahoo.
She is currently chair of the National Youth Theatre, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s championship.
Airey’s appointment has been approved by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP.
She will remain as interim chair of Channel 4 until a permanent chair is appointed to take up the position.
Her appointment comes at an important time for Channel 4, whose ownership structure is under review by the government.
The Conservative government is considering whether to privatize Channel 4, which has been publicly owned since it launched in 1982.
Gurassa is departing after six years as chair of Channel 4.