Newsnight editor Ian Katz jumps ship to Channel 4

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Channel 4 has poached the BBC's Newsnight editor Ian Katz to be its new director of programmes.

The appointment comes after last week's announcement that former Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt was moving to Apple.

Katz has been editor of the BBC's flagship curent affairs programme Newsnight since 2013. He was previously deputy editor of The Guardian.

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His appointment is one of the first big moves made by new Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon as he makes his mark on the broadcaster.

“Ian is an inspirational leader who assiduously builds and nurtures talented and empowered teams," said Mahon. "He has fantastic instincts and intelligence, huge editorial strength and is a proven creative and digital innovator, who lives and breathes the Channel 4 values."

Ian Katz said: "Channel 4’s deeply held values and relentlessly challenging sensibility have never been more important or relevant and I feel incredibly privileged to play a part in shaping the next stage of its remarkable journey.”

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