Crossley-Holland goes as axe falls on department

Dominic Crossley-Holland is leaving ITV as the network scraps the department of current affairs, arts and religion that he headed.

Crossley-Holland’s departure comes less than a year after he was promoted to controller of the department. This followed the departure of Steve Anderson, who quit ITV when news was removed from his remit.

Alison Sharman, ITV’s recently appointed director of factual and daytime announced that a new post of controller of current affairs and documentaries will be established, with arts and religion under its remit. They will work as part of Sharman’s department alongside a new controller of features and the recently appointed controller of daytime, Liam Keelan.

The moves will fuel fears that ITV is moving away from its commitment to current affairs and public service broadcasting.

In December last year the ITV News Channel was axed. Regional non-news programming was slashed to 1.5 hours a week in early 2005 An industry source told Press Gazette that ITV’s priorities were clear: "The likes of Ant and Dec are always going to be the main focus rather than programmes such as The South Bank Show," he said.

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