David Abraham (executive)

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This article is about the Channel Four Chief Executive. For the Argentine footballer, see David Abraham (footballer).
David Abraham
Born 1963 (age 50–51)
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Salary £490,000 (April 2010)
Title Chief Executive of Channel Four Television Corporation
Term 2010–
Predecessor Andy Duncan

David Abraham (born 1963, Lincoln, Lincolnshire)[1] is the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom's Channel Four Television Corporation, appointed in January 2010 he formally took up his post on 4 May 2010.[2] He was previously Chief Executive of UKTV.

Previous career[edit]

Like his predecessor as Chief Executive, Andy Duncan, Abraham's background is in commerce rather than television production. However, prior to his appointment at Channel Four he gained 9 years experience controlling pay-TV channels in both the UK and US.[3] During the 1990s he co-founded the advertising agency St Luke's[4] and helped reposition major consumer businesses such as The Body Shop and BP. In the United States he was vice-president of the Discovery Home network[5] and president and general manager of the TLC channel for Discovery Networks.[6] As head of UKTV from 2007 he oversaw the re-branding of UKTV channels such as Dave, Gold, Yesterday and Blighty.[7]

Channel Four[edit]

His basic salary at Channel Four was reported to be £490,000 which is £100,000 less than that of his predecessor.[8]

One of his first actions as head of the channel was said to be beginning talks aimed at a takeover of Five.[9] The cancellation of a deal to return Jonathan Ross to Channel 4 was also attributed to him.[10] On the first anniversary of his appointment, despite continuing decline in Channel Four's share of viewing, Abraham reportedly saw his task as making "incremental improvements" rather than sweeping changes.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Abraham is the son of immigrants to England, his mother from Belgium and his father a local government architect originally from Calcutta.[12] He was state educated and graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1984 with a degree in Modern History.[13] He lives with his daughter and son in the London Borough of Hackney.[1]


External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Andy Duncan
Chief Executive
of Channel 4

2010 - present
Succeeded by