David Lynn CEO Channel 5

David Lynn is President, CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, giving him management oversight of all of Viacom’s media networks and related businesses outside the U.S.

Prior to assuming this role in January 2017, Lynn was President of VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe from 2014, having been Managing Director since March 2007. In this role he was responsible for the largest of Viacom’s geographic divisions outside the U.S., encompassing its operations in 33 European countries.

Lynn led the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014 and its successful integration into Viacom, subsequently leading Channel 5 to the highest operating profit in its 20-year history. Previously, he was also responsible for Viacom’s international distribution strategy, covering pay TV and VOD.

From 2004, Lynn served as SVP, Managing Director, for Nickelodeon UK. Prior to this, Lynn worked in senior management for Paramount Comedy Channel UK from 1999 onwards.

Channel 5

Channel 5 is the UK’s third-largest commercial channel. It is operated by ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia. Channel 5 broadcasts a variety of content, including news, entertainment, drama, and documentaries.

Popular programs on Channel 5 have included shows like “Big Brother,” “Neighbours,” “The Gadget Show,” and various documentaries. With a diverse schedule spanning documentaries, popular factual series, accessible and engaging history, inclusive entertainment and reality, scripted shows and acclaimed children’s and news content. It was launched in 1997 to provide a fifth national terrestrial channel in the United Kingdom.


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