Jimmy Doherty leaves BBC for Channel 4
Presenter and TV farmer Jimmy Doherty has been poached by Channel 4 for an exclusive deal. The Jimmy's Farm (opens in new tab) host is leaving BBC Two after a number of years to develop several new programmes with the commercial broadcaster. Jimmy, who runs a farm just outside Ipswich, Suffolk, is a long-time friend of Jamie Oliver, who has also made his home at Channel 4 after leaving the BBC. He found fame while working on one of Jamie's shows and went on to star in his own series Jimmy's Farm. The show followed him as he established his farm, which specialises in traditional husbandry techniques and raises rare breed animals as well as selling free-range meats. Jimmy said: "I'm hugely excited about the range and scale of opportunities I'll be pursuing at Channel 4. "From natural history and conservation to farming and mass production, nothing's off limits. It's an exact match for me - it's going to be a great adventure." Sue Murphy, Channel 4's head of features and factual entertainment, said: "I've long been a fan of Jimmy's and am looking forward to working with him on a range of ambitious programme ideas for Channel 4. "His passion, huge range of interests and credibility make him a perfect fit for the channel and a complement to the talent we are already working with."
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