BBC creative crosses Atlantic to head Discovery Channel

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LONDON--A leading BBC creative programming executive, Jana Bennett, is returning to her native America to head Discovery Networks' The Learning Channel.

As senior VP-president/general manager, Ms. Bennett will be responsible for all programming, operations and management aspects of TLC, the award-winning non-fiction network available in nearly 70 million households. She will assume her new post in September.

Ms. Bennett is currently at the BBC, where she is director of programs, overseeing all TV, radio and online creative development and sales for BBC Production, including science,natural history, children, drama and entertainment.

Her previous posts include deputy chief exec, BBC Production, where she was responsible for the BBC's 4,5000 person production staff.

Jonathan Rodgers, Discovery Networks President, said, "TLC has been one of the great cable success stories of the 1990s. Jana's extraordinary creative vision and her strong production management skills make her the perfect choice to lead TLC into the new millennium."

"Joining Discovery Communications to head TLC is a wonderful opportunity for me to step into the fast-moving landscape of the U.S.," said Ms.. Bennett.

Ms. Bennett began her broadcasting career in 1979 as a BBC news journalist, moving into BBC TV production in 1981.

Discovery Networks forms part of Discovery Communications, Inc., which is part of a joint venture with the BBC which includes BBC America and international jointly branded channels across the world.

Copyright July 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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