Newman ankles Five for C4

Exec heads back to rival at October's end

LONDON — Andrew Newman, entertainment chief at Five, confirmed Friday he is ankling the U.K. commercial web to return to rival Channel 4 as a senior entertainment exec.

He’s off at the end of October when his two-year contract expires, following Kevin Lygo, who joins Channel 4 as director of television Nov. 3. Newman, who had been head of programming at digital web E4, worked for Lygo when he was arts and entertainment chief at Channel 4.

Newman has a reputation as a risk-taker, commissioning spoof Japanese betting show “Banzai” for E4, one of the web’s most popular original shows. But he has had highs and lows at Five with “Chris Evans’ Live With…,” which was axed and other shows such as “99 Things To Do Before You Die” and “Swag.”

Newman added, “I’ve had a great two years at Five but I feel the time is right for me to move on and try something new.”

Sham Sandhu, controller of youth and music at Five, is temporarily taking charge of entertainment output at Five.

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