MacLeod to lead new combined comms department at Channel 4

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Channel 4 is bringing its communications and corporate affairs activity together in one combined department.

James MacLeod has been promoted to the new role of Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs, leading the broadcaster's corporate communications, public affairs and stakeholder activity, policy, internal communications and its content and programme PR.

He will be working closely with CEO Alex Mahon and the executive team.

Sophie Jones, Head of Corporate Relations, is leaving the company at the end of 2019 after 12 years to take a short break and pursue new opportunities.

MacLeod will be based in London but a number of his expanded team will be located at the broadcaster's new national headquarters in Leeds.

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said: “Sophie has been a highly valued colleague, giving over a decade of service to Channel 4 and making a significant contribution to some of our most important projects."

She added: "I’m also delighted to be able to bring all of our communications and stakeholder activity together under James’ strategic leadership. James brings a wealth of comms expertise and experience from across the broadcasting sector and I'm looking forward to working with him in this important new role."

MacLeod has been Channel 4’s Head of Press & Publicity since 2014 and before that was Head of Corporate Press. Previously he was Head of Press, Broadcasting at ITV plc and has worked in a range of communications roles at ITV and BBC.