BBC1 controller Jay Hunt is leaving the Beeb to take up the coveted position of Channel 4′s chief creative officer. After a global search Hunt was selected to oversee the programming for the broadcaster.
In a year she will take on the newly created role, which combines the channel’s posts of head of Channel 4 and director of television and content.
At BBC1, Hunt was credited for commissioning successful programs like Luther, Sherlock and science magazine series Bang Goes the Theory over her two and a half years as controller. Prior to that, Hunt’s experience includes time at BBC Daytime as controller and director of programs at Five.
‘Channel 4 requires a fearless creative leader to help steer us through our next phase and Jay 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,’ said C4 chief executive David Abraham.
She will take over from acting CCO Julian Bellamy, who will leave C4 after a transition period. ‘Julian has done a great job in helping refresh our schedules in recent months and I would like to thank him and acknowledge his outstanding service to Channel 4, both during my short time here so far and over the several years prior to that,’ said Abraham.