TV3’s Director of Content has announced that he is leaving the broadcaster in April – in favour of a position in Britain.
Londoner Jeff Ford has been working with the commercial station in Dublin for the past two years and will now be taking up a position with Fox International Channels, based in the capital.
“It is with great sadness that I leave TV3,” he said in a statement about his departure. “It’s been a wonderful period and now is such an exciting time for the group with so many impressive plans in the schedule for 2015 and beyond.”
The birth of his first grandchild has brought his return to Britain forward – he had initially planned to leave at the end of the year.
Ford is a well-known name behind the scenes in British television, having pioneered the return of Big Brother to the screens, after it was dropped by Channel 4.
His time at TV3 has seen him introduce daytime chat show Late Lunch Live as well as the station’s first original soap, Red Rock, after UTV Ireland took over with staple shows Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Ford’s replacement is expected to be announced next month.