Chiswick’s Broadcasting High Flier Quits Role After A Week

Airey Found When She Got There Iostar’s Money Cupboard Was Bare

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Part-time Chiswickian Dawn Airey has left her role as chief executive at Iostar after just a week.

Airey, the highest-paid woman in British television and who was tipped to be the first female Director General of the BBC, left her role as head of Sky to take up the position at the start-up organisation. However, when she asked about the company's financial arrangements, she discovered that there were none.

The former Channel Five head was reportedly concerned that the Iostar board had failed to raise the appropriate financial backing. Industry sources claim that while Airey was assured the money was in place, the company's funding arrangements and her role were "very different from her expectations," and has cited a "significant breach of contract."

Airey and her partner Jacquie Lawrence had a baby girl earlier this year. The couple, who share a mansion flat in Chiswick and a home in Oxfordshire, were “over the moon” at arrival of their daughter calling her "a product of the 21st century".

Lawrence was formerly commissioning editor for documentaries at Sky One and pioneered gay and lesbian TV shows, including the gay chat show Queer Street and Lesbians Behaving Badly.

April 26, 2007