Close to two years since taking over the reins as Channel 4 Director of Programmes, Ian Katz faces questions from Anita Anand about the biggest organisational change in Channel 4’s history, its impact on creativity and commissioning and the challenges and opportunities created by this move.
The BBC news presenter asks whether Katz’s passion for news and current affairs has translated into other genres, whether he can make the move to Leeds a success and whether the current schedule is now his schedule?
What’s his verdict on a year that’s included Leaving Neverland, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Prison, The Virtues, The Big Narstie Show and Catch-22 as well as The Circle, Derry Girls and ratings bankers like Gogglebox and Bake Off?
What of Katz’s strategy for drama, comedy, factual and the coveted 8pm slots? Will returning formats continue to dominate and how will his All 4 strategy develop?
He will talk about the channel’s plan to supercharge C4’s focus on younger audiences, adapting to the SVOD challenge, delivering diversity and whether he feels he’s lived up to his promise to ‘dial up the difference’.
With a backdrop of operational transformation, Ian and members of his commissioning team will talk in detail about the vision for the next 12 months and beyond.
Director of TV Production, ITN