Channel 4 boss Andy Duncan has ruled himself out of the race for Charles Allen's job as chief executive of ITV.
According to a report in Broadcast, Duncan, who has been chief executive of Channel 4 since July 2004, said: "There has been a lot of speculation about possible candidates for this role, and I want it to be known that I will not be putting my name forward".
He went on to emphasise his absolute commitment to his employer and told the magazine: "In the event of a formal approach, I intend to make it clear that I do not wish to be considered for the post".
The Broadcast article claims that Duncan, a former BBC director of marketing and communications, was one of the favourites to replace Allen, who earlier this month announced his resignation from ITV after 15 years with the network.
The weekly title quotes Duncan as adding: "Leading ITV through digital switchover will be a great challenge. But I'm already engaged in what I believe is a greater and more rewarding task: working with colleagues to secure Channel 4's future".
With Duncan out of the race for the ITV job, former Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter and BSkyB networks managing director Dawn Airey are reported to be the most favoured replacements for Allen.
Lovelace Consulting | 24.08.2006