Zai Bennett Announce As Controller Of BBC Three!

By on 16 December, 2010


Jana Bennett, Director BBC Vision, today named Zai Bennett as the new Controller of BBC Three! Bennett joins from ITV, where he is currently Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, and his start date will be confirmed shortly.

In his current role, Zai is the creative leader responsible for all editorial content on ITV‘s digital channels (ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and the CITV channel). He is responsible for commissioning, acquiring and scheduling across the channels. Between 2006 and 2009, Zai was Controller of ITV2, one of the most successful multichannels in the UK.

Jana Bennett said:

“Zai is one of the most energetic and creative leaders working in television today. He brings with him a real connection with the audience, a deep understanding of the digital landscape and first-hand experience of running channels.

“His experience in developing original scripted drama and comedy, along with his fantastic relationship with presenters and performers, makes Zai perfect for this role.”

 Zai, who is obviously looking forward to getting started over at the Beeb, added:

“I have had a simply amazing time at ITV with some of the most talented people in television today, but I am delighted to be joining the BBC and especially BBC Three. The channel is on fire at the moment and I hope to be able to continue to support everyone’s great work on quality programmes.

“The BBC is the most creative broadcaster in the world and BBC Three is an essential gateway for younger audiences to its phenomenal work.”

Under his stewardship, ITV2 has had successes with original shows including ‘Secret Diary Of A Call Girl‘, with Billie Piper; Katy Brand‘s first comedy show; ‘Celebrity Juice‘, with Keith Lemon; and ‘The Only Way Is Essex‘.

ITV3 has aired hit original drama ‘Ladies Of Letters‘ as well as the Crime Thriller Awards. For ITV4, Zai secured highlights to the Ashes between England and Australia and gave Freddie Flintoff his first major TV series, ‘Freddie Flintoff Versus The World‘. Hmm…the latter clearly the highlight of his career?!

Zai has worked at ITV since 1998 in a number of different roles including Head of Programme Strategy, ITV Digital Channels and ITV2 Programming and Acquisitions Manager. Prior to that, he worked on the launch of Channel 5 and started his career at Carlton Television.

BBC Three has established itself as the most watched digital channel by both young viewers and viewers overall in its hours broadcast and, for the second time in three years, was named Non Terrestrial Channel of the Year at the Media Guardian Edinburgh TV Festival

Congrats to you, Zai, on your new role with BBC Three


About Ed Bonilla

Ed is an entertainment news writer, and founder of TOMORROW'S NEWS. He always keeps a watchful eye on who and what's trending in the entertainment world. His articles focus on tomorrow's news today, including celebrity news, film news, music news and so much more!

What Are Your Thoughts On This?