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Ben Frow to head programming at Channel 5

A former C5 exec, Frow (pictured) will return to the British network in February 2013 after a five-year stint as director of programming for Irish broadcaster TV3.
November 13, 2012

UK broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) has named Ben Frow (pictured) as director of programs, effective February 2013.

A former exec with the British network, Frow returns to C5 after spending the past five years as director of programming for Irish broadcaster TV3, where he oversaw programming, scheduling, promotions and original production for the channel and its digital platform 3e.

In his new role, he will head up all of C5′s content and creative operations, including commissioning and acquisitions. He will report to chief operating officer Paul Dunthorne.

“The last five years in Ireland have been some of the most rewarding of my career, but I’m ready for a new challenge and the opportunity to re-join Channel 5 was simply too good to resist,” he said in a statement.

During his time at TV3, Frow launched TV3 Productions and grew the viewership of 3e. From 2004 to 2007 he was controller of features and entertainment for C5, developing series such as The Diet Doctors, The Farm, Cosmetic Surgery Live, The Joan Rivers Position and The Hotel Inspector.

Prior to that he was head of factual entertainment and features for UK broadcaster Channel 4, where he developed shows such as Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Property Ladder, Jamie’s Kitchen, Sex Tips for Girls and How Clean Is Your House, and also worked in various producer roles for ITV, GMTV, BBC1 and BBC2.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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