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Ford trades Five gig for Channel 4

Key exec moves to net rival

LONDON — U.K. acquisitions topper Jeff Ford is switching channels.

He is leaving terrestrial web Five and taking over at rival Channel 4 from veteran June Dromgoole, who is retiring.

Ford has been one of Five’s key execs, buying movies and series like “CSI” and, more recently, “Friends” spinoff “Joey.”

Persuading him to join C4, which has a strong legacy of U.S. shows from “NYPD Blue” through “Desperate Housewives,” is a coup for new CEO Andy Duncan.

Ford is expected to start work at C4 later this spring.

In a related move, Jay Kandola, C4’s head of acquired programming, becomes deputy director of acquisitions.

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