Jana Bennett to step-down as BBC Director of Vision
Jana Bennett is to step-down from her role as the BBC’s Director of Vision to take up a new role at BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm.
Jana Bennett is to step-down from her role as the BBC’s Director of Vision to take up a new role at BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm – reports Media Guardian. As yet there has been on official announcement from the BBC or Bennett about her resigning from BBC Vision or a switch to BBC Worldwide. However, sources have told Media Guardian that the BBC are already looking for a replacement for Bennett and that the search will look outside the corporation and even outside the UK. Media Guardian also reports that an announcement on Bennett’s departure will most likely be made by the end of the year.
Jana Bennett has been director of television/director of Vision at the BBC for eight years. Her tenure in the role has seen the re-launch of BBC Choice and BBC Knowledge as BBC Three and BBC Four respectively. BBC Three has come under fire from critics for being too youth orientated and for broadcasting low end programmes; though this has changed over the past few years with BBC Three producing more acclaimed factual output. BBC Four meanwhile has had considerable success in the field of drama with a range of biopic which have rated well and been critically acclaimed. It’s recent drama The Road to Coronation Street, produced as part of its The North season, won much praise.
Bennett’s time as director of vision has also seen the revivals of Doctor Who, Survivors and Upstairs Downstairs as well as critically acclaimed new dramas such as Five Days, Criminal Justice, Cranford and Sherlock. However, Bennett has also faced criticism over the course of the past eight years with some about the amount she is paid while others relate to the Crown-Gate scandal which cost Peter Fincham his job as controller of BBC One.