Channel 4, the publically owned but advertising funded broadcaster, is losing its long-time CIO Ian Dobb. In an interview with CIO UK Dobb said he was on gardening leave until June and felt it was time to step aside from the TV channel and start something new.

Dobb, who has been with the channel for 10 years, felt it was time to move on. For this year the channel has had to significantly reduce its budgets. Dobb said it is getting "harder and harder" for the channel to invest in long term IT projects.

Dobb will be replaced by Kevin Gallagher, who steps into the CIO limelight from being head of application delivery and Bob Harris who becomes the CTO. Both were part of Dobb's team for the majority of his tenure. "That is very satisfying from my perspective. It is a team that has been together for nine years and we were all very complimentary of each other's skills," he said.

Dobb, along with Marcus Page, also of his Channel 4 management team, are setting up their own consultancy. Ionico will offer CIOs five different services in areas such as business alignment, portfolio analysis, sourcing, organisation development and cost management.