David Abraham (executive)
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|Born||1963 (age 50–51)
|Salary||£490,000 (April 2010)|
|Title||Chief Executive of Channel Four Television Corporation|
David Abraham (born 1963, Lincoln, Lincolnshire) 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. He was previously Chief Executive of UKTV.
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. During the 1990s he co-founded the advertising agency St Luke's 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 and president and general manager of the TLC channel for Discovery Networks. As head of UKTV from 2007 he oversaw the re-branding of UKTV channels such as Dave, Gold, Yesterday and Blighty.
His basic salary at Channel Four was reported to be £490,000 which is £100,000 less than that of his predecessor.
One of his first actions as head of the channel was said to be beginning talks aimed at a takeover of Five. The cancellation of a deal to return Jonathan Ross to Channel 4 was also attributed to him. 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.
Abraham is the son of immigrants to England, his mother from Belgium and his father a local government architect originally from Calcutta. He was state educated and graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1984 with a degree in Modern History. He lives with his daughter and son in the London Borough of Hackney.
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- ITV values Kevin Lygo's skills but will it buy the shows he makes? The Guardian 3 May 2010 Retrieved 5 May 2010
- "David Abraham: the devil is in the detail" The Guardian 23 May 2011 Retrieved 23 May 2011
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