Alex Mahon
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United Kingdom

Channel 4



Mahon occupied strategy roles for RTL Group and Fremantle before growing Shine Group as its CEO. Since taking over Channel 4 in 2017, she has focused on the growth of streaming platform All4, where both revenues and viewers have increased sharply. C4 has built on its heritage as a trailblazer in diversity, giving extensive coverage this year to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, running the Black to Front Project, which saw every show on the channel staffed and produced by Black talent for a day, and airing hit HIV drama “It’s a Sin.” COVID-19 lockdowns hit the ad-funded broadcaster hard last year, but C4 has been able to plough $272 million (£200 million) more into content in 2021 as advertising has returned. She has also spoken out against the U.K. government’s plans to privatize the state-owned broadcaster.


  • Channel 4
  • Shine Group (DEFUNCT)
  • Foundry Films


  • Imperial College London (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Achievement in International Television
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Channel 4 CEO Meets New U.K. Culture Secretary for First Time as Threat of Privatization Looms (EXCLUSIVE)

Channel 4 CEO Meets New U.K. Culture Secretary for First Time as Threat of Privatization Looms (EXCLUSIVE)

Over a month after her shock Culture Secretary appointment amid a dramatic cabinet reshuffle, Nadine Dorries (pictured, right) has at last met with the CEO of the U.K.'s "It's a Sin" broadcaster Channel 4, which Boris Johnson's government has threatened to put on the sales block.Variety can reveal that Channel 4 boss Alex Mahon (pictured, left) met this week with Dorries in what was the pair's first meeting since the latter MP took over from Oliver Dowden as Culture Secretary....


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