From Three to One – Danny Cohen becomes controller of BBC One

The man who transformed BBC Three has been promoted today as the controller of BBC One.

Danny Cohen will take up his role with immediate effect, but also oversee BBC Three until a replacement is found. Cohen’s time at BBC Three has seen the channel become one of the most watched digital channels among 16 – 34 year olds with a range of new comedies and documentaries.


Director of BBC Vision, Jana Bennett said today “Danny Cohen is one of the most talented TV executives of his generation. His work both here at the BBC and at Channel 4, with programmes such as Skins, The Inbetweeners, Being Human, Women, Weddings, War And Me and Young Voters’ Question Time attest to his skills as an innovator and a great creative thinker.

He has a deep understanding of public service broadcasting and a finely developed sense of what audiences of all ages are looking for, things which are hugely important as Controller of the UK’s most popular channel.”


Speaking of his appointment as the controller of the UK’s most watched channel, Danny Cohen said “It’s a huge privilege to take charge of Britain’s most-watched channel, and I feel honoured to have this opportunity.

“BBC One is one of the nation’s great cultural institutions and I’m looking forward to working with a wonderful range of talented people in the coming years. Jay Hunt’s success in the job means that the channel is currently in very good shape indeed and I hope to build on these very strong foundations. I’m excited by the challenge.”