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Search to begin for new Channel 4 chair

Charles Gurassa will step down in January at the end of his second three-year term

The UK government is reportedly set to begin the search for the new chair of Channel 4.

According to Sky News, Ofcom will advertise the role in the “coming weeks”. The new chair will succeed Charles Gurassa who was appointed in 2016. He will step down in January at the end of his second three-year term.

The search, which is expected to take a number of months, takes place amid on-going uncertainty around the future of Channel 4, with the government opening a 10 week consultation that will consider both the ownership and remit of the broadcaster at the beginning of July.

Any final candidate for the role will have to meet the approval of culture secretary Oliver Dowden.

The hunt for a new chair of Channel 4 is the latest search in a round of new chairperson appointments in the UK broadcasting industry. Richard Sharp was appointed BBC chair in February of this year, the government is currently in the process of appointing a new chair of Ofcom, and ITV’s current chair Peter Bazalgette is set to step down in May 2022.