Channel Five bosses to go after Desmond takeover
The channel will also shed between 60 and 80 jobs from its 300-strong workforce.
Ms Airey, director of programmes Richard Woolfe and managing director Mark White are among a number of senior executives who will leave in the coming months, staff were told yesterday morning.
Mr Desmond's company Northern & Shell has also announced plans for 1.5 billion of investment in the channel over the next five years. Ms Airey will remain for several months and is leaving for a senior role at the RTL Group, Five's former owner.
The announcements are the first major moves since Mr Desmond's purchase of the channel last month from RTL in a 103.5m deal.
Ms Airey will continue in her role for the time being "to facilitate the implementation of a cost-efficiency programme" which aims to return the firm to profitability.