Jay Hunt is an Australian-born British television executive. From early 2011 until June 2017, Hunt was the Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4. She has previously served as Director of Programmes at Channel 5 and as Controller of BBC One.
Hunt became BBC Birmingham‘s Executive Producer for Daytime in 2002, being promoted to Senior Commissioning Executive for Daytime in 2003 and then Controller of BBC Daytime and Early Peak with responsibility for programming across both BBC One and BBC Two between 9 pm. In this role, she commissioned the Great British Menu, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, The Heirhunters, and Missing.
Hunt left the BBC for eight months in 2007, to replace Dan Chambers as Controller of Programmes for Five. At Five, she commissioned Cowboy Builders, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, Police Interceptors, Breaking into Tesco and Britain’s Best Home. On 3 December 2007, it was announced that she would be returning to the BBC to take up the vacant post of Controller of BBC One in early 2008
In 2008 and 2009, BBC One won MGEITF Terrestrial Channel of the Year. At BBC One her commissions included Sherlock, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Luther, Criminal Justice, Five Daughters, Bang goes the Theory, The Day the Immigrants Left and Famous, Rich and Homeless. She also commissioned Michael McIntyre’s and John Bishop’s first network programmes.
In September 2010, Channel 4 announced Hunt’s appointment to the new post of Chief Creative Officer. She joined Channel 4 in January 2011. Hunt has led what has been termed a “creative renaissance” at Channel 4, with her commissions including Humans, Catastrophe, Gogglebox, Indian Summers, The Island, The Undateables, Hunted, Benefit Street, First Dates, Child Genius and The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds. She led the team that delivered the BAFTA award-winning coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games and in 2015 brought Formula One to Channel 4 with a new three-year deal for the sport.
Under her leadership, Channel 4 was named The Edinburgh TV Festival Channel of the Year in 2014 and 2016, and Broadcast Channel of the Year in 2016 – with the channel receiving industry awards including more BAFTA TV awards in 2014 and 2015, and more Royal Television Society Programme Awards than any other channel in 2014 and 2016. In 2015, Channel 4‘s audience share increased for the first time in nine years.
In March 2016, Hunt delivered a Royal Television Society speech reflecting on her first five years at Channel 4 and the new creative culture she had established at the broadcaster. In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.
In October 2017, she was hired by Apple Inc.
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