Bennett Leaves TLC for BBC


Jana Bennett is leaving her post as general manager of The Learning Channel
to return to the British Broadcasting Corp., where she will take a top position
as director of BBC Television, officials said Monday.

Bennett, who was also TLC's executive vice president, will rejoin the BBC in
the key slot in April.

A former BBC director of production, Bennett will be responsible for BBC One,
BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC Choice and the UKTV joint-venture channels, as well as
overseeing content on international outlets BBC America, BBC Canada and BBC

Bennett's past production projects include Walking with Dinosaurs and
The Human Body.

'This is an incredibly exciting time for the BBC with the reinvigoration of
BBC One and BBC Two, the launch of the new channels and the challenge to keep
raising the creative benchmark,' Bennett said in a prepared statement.

Bennett left the BBC in August 1999 to join TLC, which is part of Discovery
Communications Inc.'s cable stable.

During her more-than-two-year tenure, Bennett created and launched TLC's
'Life Unscripted' branding campaign and was behind successful series such as
Junkyard Wars and Trading Spaces.

DCI has started a search for Bennett's replacement, a spokeswoman