Community Channel chief resigns

Nick Ware, the controller of the Community Channel, has decided to step down after just over two years in the job.

Ware is considering “a number of opportunities” and will hand over on Monday to Adam Perry, currently head of programmes at the channel.

Ware said it was time for him to move on. “It's been great fun and a very challenging job,” he said. “I've loved working with such a great team and with an amazingly diverse group of colleagues across broadcasting, charity and government.”

Caroline Diehl, chief executive of the Media Trust, which owns the channel, said: “Thanks to Nick’s dedication and commitment, the channel’s audience reach and response has been growing steadily, giving a public-facing digital platform to thousands of charities and community organisations across the UK.”

The trust has also announced that it is to merge the Community Channel with its production arm, Media Trust Productions. It will appoint Peter Weil, general manager of Animal Planet, as its director of production and digital media.

Weil, who has also worked for the BBC, Granada and Channel 4, said the Media Trust’s work demonstrated the potential of the media to support the community. “The team has shown real verve and flair in pioneering a new style of television and film-making,” he said.

Diehl said Weil had the right skills and experience to expand the trust’s production of charity content for both the Community Channel and a variety of other channels, including Sky, five and ITV Local. Weil will be assisted by Jane Stephenson, the current head of Media Trust Productions, who will become creative director.

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