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BBC Controller Departs

Jay Hunt is one of the main powers that decides upon Doctor Who’s future – and it has come to light this week that she is leaving the BBC to head to a new role at independent broadcaster Channel 4.

BeehiveCity report that Hunt’s departure is something of a mixed blessing, with the expectation that BBC Three boss Danny Cohen will slot in to replace her. Channel 4 certainly seem happy with the appointment, however.

David Abraham, the Channel 4 boss, says he has found a “fearless creative leader to help steer us through our next phase”. Hunt has demonstrated “across a variety of public service genres as well as in commercial television, her appetite to challenge the status quo, create and lead change, and promote new talent.”

Controller of BBC One since 2007, Jay Hunt has overseen an interesting time for the network’s flagship channel, managing to continue the good work done by her predecessors Lorraine Heggessey and Peter Fincham in mixing prime time current affairs, intelligent drama with action adventure and typical weekend showbiz entertainment.

While there is no suggestion that her departure should mean anything to the future of Doctor Who beyond 2011, at the same time it is worth bearing in mind that her successor may be charged with managing (or make it a career-defining aim of) cost-cutting measures, steps that may well have an impact on TV production standards…


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