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McHugh ankles U.K. web

LONDON — Channel 4 execs continue playing musical chairs, with senior entertainment exec John McHugh the latest to go.

He is ankling the U.K. web just two weeks after entertainment chief Danielle Lux announced her departure to make way for incoming director of TV Kevin Lygo.

Lygo was once in charge of entertainment at Channel 4 before leaving to become director programming at Five. He will return on Nov. 3 and will take control of programming, including digital web E4.

McHugh, like Lux, left the BBC for Channel 4 in summer 2001. McHugh was also responsible for commissioning high-profile flop “Boys and Girls,” produced by Chris Evans, which marked a recent low for the channel.

High points in McHugh’s commissioning career are popular comedy series “My New Best Friend” for Channel 4 and chatshows “The Kumars at No. 42” and “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross” for the BBC.

McHugh plans to return to producing and is expected to be replaced by Andrew Newman, head of entertainment at Five, also a former Channel 4 exec.

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