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UKTV’s Darren Childs to step down as CEO

Will leave the broadcaster in July

UKTV has announced its CEO Darren Childs will step down from the role in July.

Childs has led the broadcaster for the past eight years, overseeing the launch of UKTV Play, its direct to consumer VoD service.

UKTV said the board will now begin a search for Childs’ replacement.

Speaking about his decision to step down, Childs said: “It’s been the greatest honour to work with this fantastically talented group of people, I’m incredibly proud of what this team has created, and the successes they’ve built: growing audiences, working with our producer partners to create a collection of award-winning programmes; and making bold entertainment brands that stand out from the crowd.

“We’ve created a huge amount of value and had a lot of fun,” he continued. “I want to give my sincere thanks and appreciation for the support the team has given me and look forward to continuing to work with our group over the coming months to ensure I pass the baton in a seamless fashion. I wish the company every success for the future.”

Childs has been touted as one of the names in the frame to take over as CEO of the Premier League.