The BBC has confirmed that Danny Cohen, currently controller of digital channel BBC Three, has been appointed as controller of BBC One. In a statement released by the Beeb today, BBC Vision director Jana Bennett called Cohen ‘one of the most talented TV executives of his generation,’ adding, ‘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.’
Cohen moves into the spot vacated by Jay Hunt, who announced her move to rival Channel 4 as CCO last month. Prior to his time at the BBC, Cohen was head of C4′s sister net E4, and also served as C4′s head of factual entertainment. He boasts a considerable background in documentary, having worked in documentary commissioning at Channel 4 for five years as a commissioning editor and then as head of documentaries, and as a factual commissioning editor for the launch of E4. Cohen will continue to oversee BBC Three until his successor is found.