Ed Havard joins Channel 4 as Channel Executive

Channel 4 today announced the appointment of Ed Havard to the position of Channel Executive. This new role provides strategic support to Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt on commissioning projects and initiatives.

Jay Hunt said, “Ed’s strong journalistic and production background make him ideal for this role. He will be an invaluable addition to the team”.

Ed will also oversee current affairs content on Zeppotron’s recently announced second series of 10 O’Clock Live for Channel 4.

Havard ran BBC One’s flagship political programme, Question Time, from 2006 when he became the youngest editor in the programme’s 30-year history. He oversaw Question Time’s coverage of the 2010 General Election and the controversial appearance of Nick Griffin on the programme. He also ran all of BBC Three’s Election programming with Dermot O’Leary and launched Young Voters’ Question Time for the Channel.

Before joining Question Time he worked across BBC News and Current Affairs including Newsnight and the Six O’Clock News. He was also a senior producer on a series of live political specials for the BBC, including the 2005 General Election programme. Previously he worked on the Great Britons series for BBC Arts and on Test The Nation.

Most recently he led the BBC team which, in partnership with the Arts Council, developed a digital arts service for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.