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Channel 5 senior executives opt for voluntary redundancy

Redundancies come as part of a cost cutting drive by new owner Richard Desmond.

Some of Channel 5's long-serving senior executives are opting for voluntary redundancy from the broadcaster as part of a cost cutting drive under new owner Richard Desmond.

The list includes the director of children's programming Nick Wilson, senior programme controller Chris Shaw and controller of sport Robert Charles.

Shaw, a former News At Ten editor, helped launch Five News in 1997 and became famous for introducing a more informal approach to newsreading.

Wilson has been involved in Channel 5's children's department since 1996 and oversaw the setting up of the popular long-running preschool strand, Milkshake!.

Charles joined Channel 5 in 1997 and helped bring live football to the channel, along with Test match cricket highlights in 2006.

Entertainment head Donna Taberer and head of production Nan Whittingham are also understood to have applied for voluntary redundancy.

Chief executive Dawn Airey, director of programmes Richard Woolfe and managing director Mark White have already left the broadcaster, although Airey has been asked to continue for some time to oversee the transition.