Chris Kerwin to quit Five as digital controller

Kerwin to be replaced after three years on Five's digital team

Chris Kerwin, digital controller at Richard Desmond-owned Channel Five, is leaving the broadcaster to become managing director of content agency Republic Publishing, reports New Media Age.

Kerwin, who served for three years at Five, was appointed to the digital controller role in February 2008 as part of the broadcaster's efforts to beef up its digital media team.

He played a key role in relaunching Five's TV Catch-up player Demand Five this November, which was originally launched in June 2008 as "Five Download".

Prior to Five, Kerwin spent two years as publisher at Future Publishing. He also served as head of new media at BBC Magazines.

Five, which was bought by Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell in a £103.5m deal in July 2010, is reportedly recruiting a new digital controller to replace Kerwin.