All change 4 Channel 4

Channel 4’s investigative journalism is the most challenging area for the broadcaster’s legal team.

For the channel’s head of legal and compliance Prash Naik, his 20 years with the broadcaster have involved getting some of the UK’s most provocative shows on air – think Plane Crash, which crashed a Boeing 727 to study the effect on test dummies, or Drugs Live, which tested 25 volunteers after they took the class A drug MDMA. Those doesn’t even get us started on current affairs series Dispatches or popular teen comedy The Inbetweeners.

So today, as he celebrates his 20th year at the broadcaster, Naik takes on the new role of Ch4 general counsel. His move follows a series internal changes within the legal team, including the introduction of a controller of business affairs position, which has been handed to BBC legal head John Moran.

This introduction of two senior legal roles – with the GC role reporting to the broadcaster’s chairman and chief executive – points to an uptick in work for Ch4’s in-house legal team.

After all, for every programme broadcast there’s an in-house lawyer working frantically behind the scenes.

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