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Jay Hunt is appointed Controller for BBC Daytime

Category: BBC; Daytime

Date: 19.05.2005
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Jay Hunt is to be the new Controller for BBC Daytime, it was announced today (Thursday 19 May) by Jana Bennett, the Director of Television.


Currently the Senior Commissioning Executive for Daytime, Jay is already a key member of the highly innovative BBC Daytime team and her appointment signals the ambition to build on and develop its outstanding success in this competitive area.


Jay has a proven track record in popular television across the BBC.


In her current role, she has developed hit shows like Missing and Beat the Burglar and played a key role in introducing new territories to daytime with titles like Mind Your Own Business.


As editor of the One O'Clock News and Six O'Clock News, she reinvented daytime news coverage by tailoring the output more closely to the audience.


Her experience ranges from current affairs to live magazine shows, from news to documentary.


Jana Bennett said: "I'm really pleased that Jay will be stepping up to the Controller role as she has a very strong track record in developing and bringing to the screen highly original and enjoyable programmes for the daytime audience.


"For me she was the perfect choice - she instinctively understands the daytime audience and is bursting with fresh, new ideas for an even greater range of high quality programming."


Speaking of her appointment, Jay Hunt said: "I am incredibly excited about my new role. I have always been passionate about daytime television and want to broaden the range of what is on offer across BBC ONE and BBC TWO.


"The mix of live event coverage, news specials, drama and innovative factual entertainment has made daytime the market leader.


"I now have an opportunity to push the boundaries even further with lively, topical output and entertainment that speaks to this very discerning audience."


Jay joined the BBC in 1989 as a researcher on Breakfast News and worked her way up to output editor before joining Newsnight, where she stayed until 1998.


She then moved to Panorama as a senior producer, becoming Editor of the One O'Clock News and then the Six O'Clock News in 2003.


At the One O'Clock News, she was given a remit to change the programme to fit more comfortably with the stay at home audience. She changed the programme agenda fundamentally and introduced ground-breaking studio graphics which, though controversial at the time, have now become a feature of news programming across the board.


She chose to leave News to work in Daytime because of her passion for popular programming.


As Executive Producer for Daytime in Birmingham she reinvigorated the output, overseeing the production of many successful returning brands such as Trading Up and Call My Bluff.


From there she took on her current role - Senior Commissioning Executive for Daytime - and has been key to Daytime's ambition and success in developing and executive producing new, distinctive programmes which surprise and challenge the audience.


These include Critical Condition, Weighing In, and European Nightmare.


In the last two years BBC Daytime, led by outgoing controller Alison Sharman, received plaudits from viewers and critics for its distinctive range of programmes, including The Afternoon Play; Beaten, starring Robson Green; Britain's Secret Shame, Daytime's first ever foray into campaigning current affairs; and the documentary strand Strutting Our Stuff.


Following Alison Sharman's move to become Controller of CBBC, Jay will take up her new role in June.



Category: BBC; Daytime

Date: 19.05.2005
Printable version


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