Asked if the editor role had become a poisoned chalice, she said it was on the contrary “a vineyard that grows particularly fine grapes if only one knows how to turn them into good wine.”
Kennair-Jones, who has produced dramas including Medici: Masters of Florence, New Tricks and Waterloo Road, will join the ITV commissioning team in December.
He worked in drama commissioning at Sky for six years, on the likes of Strike Back, Mad Dogs, The Last Witch, Fleming, Falcon, The Runaway and Going Postal.
Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams said: “Huw Kennair-Jones has done a great job in Ambridge. “It has been an eventful year in the village – Rob Titchener left for Minnesota, the cricket team admitted women for the first time, Jill Archer celebrated 60 years in Ambridge and Matt Crawford has returned to upset the apple cart.
“I would like to thank Huw and wish him well in his new role at ITV.”
Radio 4 said the recruitment process for a new editor would begin shortly.