Danny Cohen: No regrets over Planet Earth Live

Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury hosted Planet Earth Live in May

BBC One controller Danny Cohen has defended the show Planet Earth Live from complaints about a lack of live coverage.

"I will never ever regret taking risks" he said at the Edinburgh International Television festival.

"We had an odd problem as you always do with live," he added.

His comments came a day after BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow spoke about the success of live formats on her channel, when she said shows such as Volcano Live! did well because they had presenters who were experts in their subject.

By contrast, Planet Earth Live was presented by Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond. But Cohen said he was still looking at doing more live event shows.

The channel controller also revealed that he was on the look-out for the "new Michael Palin" to be a "charming guide" for BBC travelogue programmes.

He added that he was looking to fill gaps in the 2013 schedule, such as midweek 8pm and 9pm slots, saying he wanted access documentaries and one-hour, rather than half-hour, shows.

Danny Cohen Channel controller Danny Cohen has not ruled out applying for the BBC Vision director role

He also confirmed he would not be recommissioning comedy The Royal Bodyguard featuring David Jason, explaining that comedy is the hardest genre in terms of commissioning.

The nearest Cohen came to revealing the cost of talent show The Voice was when he said it was "less than £25m". He added that the second series, which will feature Jessie J as a mentor, will have fewer live shows.

On the subject of working with Simon Cowell in the future he said he would "consider commissioning any producer".

At a time of cuts at the BBC, Cohen will be saving money in the 10.35pm slot, which will be used to try out drama writers and directors new to tv as part of scheme with Working Title TV.

The channel controller said he hasn't ruled out applying for the job of BBC Vision director.

Former BBC director of London 2012 Roger Mosey is temporarily acting up until a permanent replacement to George Entwistle is announced. The latter will take over as BBC director general on 17 September.

More details of BBC One commissions can be found here.

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