BBC's Bennett to Run Emerging Nets at A+E

Investment Planned for Bio, LMN Channels 5/24/2013 11:49 AM Eastern

A+E Networks is planning to hire BBC executive Jana Bennett as head of its emerging networks, Bio and LMN.

A+E's big networks -- History, A&E and Lifetime -- have gained ratings momentum with original programming over the past year and the company is now looking to make a big investment in Bio and LMN, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The company has already been working on H2, the former History International network, which showed a 26% increase in viewers in the 25-54 year old demo during the first quarter. H2 reports to Dirk Hoogstra, executive VP of development and programming for History.

Bennett stepped down as president of worldwide networks at BBC Worldwide last June after a 30-year career at the British broadcaster. She spent more than two years running Discovery Communications' TLC cable channel from 1999 to 2002.

A+E's discussions with Bennett were first reported by Deadline.

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