Thursday 5 June 2014
UKTV announced today that Clare Laycock, General Manager for Good Food, Home and Really, is leaving the broadcaster.
Laycock joined UKTV in 2008 to oversee the rebrand of its lifestyle channels, and during her tenure has steered Home to head the lifestyle genre in Pay and has overseen the transition of Really from a niche Pay channel to a successful free-to-air entity that is currently up 19% share (year-on-year).
Emma Tennant, Controller UKTV, said,
Clare has made a fantastic contribution to UKTV. She leaves behind a great legacy with Home and Good Food continuing to lead the lifestyle genre and is leaving Really as one of the fastest growing channels on the network. She has also been instrumental in bringing award-winning content to the channels such as Choccywoccydoodah, Hairy Bikers' Mississippi Adventure, My Flat Pack Home, Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia, Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation and John Torode's Australia.
I will personally miss Clare's creative energy and infectious enthusiasm and I, along with everyone else at UKTV, wish her all the best in her future career.
Before joining UKTV, Clare spent two years at BBC Learning as Head of Campaigns. Prior to that and following a stint in medical production, Clare spent many years at Discovery UK where she experienced the digital TV revolution first hand, launching their first ever lifestyle channels, and ultimately running Discovery Health and Discovery Kids as VP and Channel Director.
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