David Abraham

Chief Executive, Channel 4

David Abraham became Channel 4’s sixth Chief Executive in May 2010. 

His focus on Channel 4’s unique remit and on its market leading commercial and digital innovation has steered the corporation into long-term financial sustainability with revenues above £900m since 2011 enabling record content investment since 2012. This has supported a major creative overhaul attracting over 15m registered viewers and a record number of major industry awards.  

In 2014 Abraham gave the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival on the importance of Public Service Broadcasting to British Creativity.

Previously Abraham was CEO at UKTV between 2007-2010 where he masterminded the launch of Dave laying the foundation for repositioning the entire 10 channel network; at Discovery Networks USA between 2005-2007 he led the revival of cable channel TLC as its President and General Manager; and before heading to the US, Abraham led Discovery Networks UK as General Manager during a four year period of rapid growth from 2001.  

Abraham was a founding partner of the influential independent advertising agency St Luke’s.

He is a member of the Creative Skillset Board and of BAFTA.