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Comedy Central pauses commissioning

All original comedy commissioning has reportedly been placed on hold at Comedy Central.

The channel has yet to comment, but it's understood that the pause is to allow for changes to the team to be enacted.

Louise Holmes.

Viacom, the company which owns Comedy Central, has appointed Ben Frow with responsibility for the channel. Frow already is controller of Channel 5, another Viacom-owned channel. Since being in charge at C5, his decisions have included axing Big Brother and moving to commissioning "life-affirming" shows.

It's also been revealed that Louise Holmes, Comedy Central's general manger who oversaw the company's move into original programming, is to depart the company. She is to join Facebook as a director of entertainment for regions including Europe.

Writing on Twitter, Holmes said today: "Absolutely thrilled to be joining the Facebook family. But the Comedy Central family will always have a special place in my heart."

Whilst in her position, she has acted as an executive producer on the channel's original formats, which have including Your Face Or Mine, Roast Battle, The Chris Ramsey Show and the revival of Blockbusters.

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