Content chief departs

Clements ‘sad’ to be leaving STV Productions

Alan ClementsAlan Clements, head of STV Productions, is leaving the company, it has been announced.

Mr Clements, who is married to BBC television presenter Kirsty Wark, said he would be “sad to be leaving the great team”.

His departure comes just three months after new chief executive Simon Pitts took over as chief executive of Glasgow-based STV group.

Clements, who was appointed director of content in 2008, said; “I am sad to be leaving the great team at STV Productions but delighted I leave the company in such good shape.”

Mr Pitts, a former ITV executive who succeeded Rob Woodward at the turn of the year, is conducting a review of operations across the company.

He said: “As we embark on a new growth strategy for the business, the time is right for fresh creative leadership.

“Alan’s legacy is an STV Productions that is very well placed to meet the surge in demand for Nations and Regions programming, with a highly talented and capable team and a healthy pipeline, including two new drama commissions for BBC1.

“He leaves with all our thanks for everything he has accomplished and our very best wishes for continued success in the future.

“A process to appoint a successor to Alan will now commence.”

Prior to joining STV, Mr Clements was creative director at the independent TV production company IWC Media.

Before that was founder and MD of WarkClements Productions, where he grew the business from start up to £10m+ turnover.

He was formerly a freelance journalist and political researcher and journalist at BBC Scotland.

He is an honorary professor of politics and media at the University of Glasgow and sits on the board of the Edinburgh TV Festival.

He is the author of two books including the novel Rogue Nation, published in 2008. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in 2014 for services to Journalism and television.

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