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Channel 4 Accidentally Let Everyone Know Its Chief Executive Was Stepping Down In Advance

Twitter users were treated to an advance preview of David Abraham's departure.

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Earlier this afternoon Channel 4 tweeted a rather unusual statement, suggesting CEO David Abraham was leaving the channel.

Channel 4 Press

The statement included quotes from Abraham himself saying: "I have enjoyed every day of my time at C4, in particular working with the insanely talented and committed people whom it's been my great privilege to lead."

The problem was that it didn't coincide with any other announcement from the channel or news story, which suggests the press office tweeted the news of his departure by accident.

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When contacted by BuzzFeed News, a Channel 4 press officer said a statement was to be sent out shortly.

A former head of UKTV, Abraham joined the channel in 2010 with the ambition of reinvigorating the channel, which had just decided to scrap Big Brother after declining ratings.

He leaves Channel 4 with a more distinctive and stronger identity – last year it sensationally, and rather controversially, bought The Great British Bake Off from the BBC, and its version of the show is set to debut later this year.

A current risk Channel 4 is facing is a possible privatisation, or part-privatisation, by the government. Abraham has long been opposed to the government's proposed sell-off of the broadcaster, saying he sees no rationale behind it being privatised.

And an hour later the channel confirmed Abraham was leaving, shortly after a message was sent to staff.

Channel 4 press

The email that was then distributed to journalists contained the same wording as the tweet that Channel 4, plus an extra opening paragraph.

Abraham is due to step down from the channel at the end of 2017.