Alex Mahon
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United Kingdom

Channel 4



In her five years at the helm, Mahon has relocated key operations outside London, navigated the COVID-19 production pause and delivered record revenues this year of £1.2 billion despite competition from broadcasters and digital services. The former chief of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group is facing another big challenge: fighting off government plans to privatize the 40-year-old pubcaster. Mahon must walk a tightrope between government cooperation and making the case to remain public, as the company has published figures showing U.K. production would lose £320 million per year if privatization occurs. Mahon sees C4’s AVOD service All4 as poised to capitalize on ad-funded streaming growth.  


  • Channel 4
  • Shine Group (DEFUNCT)


  • Imperial College London (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Achievement in International Television
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Channel 4 Achieves Record $1.4 Billion Revenues, Tackles Privatization

Channel 4 Achieves Record $1.4 Billion Revenues, Tackles Privatization

Channel 4 achieved a record £1.2 billion ($1.41 billion) in revenues in 2021, up 25% from £934 million in 2020, the U.K. broadcaster's annual report reveals. Channel 4 also recorded a pre-tax surplus of £101 million, up from £74 million in 2020.The broadcaster significantly increased its content spend to £671 million in 2021, up from £522 million in 2020. Of this, £492 million (2020: £370 million) was on originated content, including shows like "It’s A Sin," the Black to Front...


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