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Channel 4 deputy director of programmes Kelly Webb-Lamb, who brought The Great British Bake Off to the channel and commissioned reality format The Circle, is to step down after five years.

The former Shine TV managing director, who initially joined as head of popular factual, plans to leave her full-time role in the summer. She will then stay on part-time in the short-term to oversee C4’s Black Takeover special and the first commissioning rounds for projects funded by the contestable pot it established last year.

Webb-Lamb, who has yet to disclose her next role, hailed the “freedom, creativity and risk” at the heart of C4. “The channel is now in a really strong place creatively, and I am super proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s a good time for me to take the leap and say goodbye - new adventures are beckoning. I will miss my colleagues painfully much - even though I haven’t seen most of them in person for almost a year - they are the best commissioning team you could ever hope for.”

Deputy head of features and formats Sean Doyle is also exiting to join Disney+ as director, original production, unscripted general entertainment for Europe and Africa. He will be based in London.

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