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Jana Bennett

Director of BBC Vision, Jana Bennett heads the largest multi-media production, commissioning and broadcast group of its kind in the world.

Jana Bennett

Previously BBC Director of Television since 2002, Jana has steered the BBC TV portfolio through its transition into the mainstream digital age.

Jana Bennett joined the BBC as Director of Television in April 2002 from Discovery Communications in the USA, where she had been Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Jana first joined the BBC in 1979 as a news trainee and worked on Nationwide, The Money Programme and Newsnight.

She became an award-winning producer of Panorama in 1986, and co-authored the book The Disappeared: Argentina's Dirty War with the BBC's diplomatic editor John Simpson in the same year.

She was appointed editor of Horizon in 1990, before being appointed Head of BBC Science four years later.

She joined the BBC's Board of Management in 1997 as Director of Production, then became Director of Programmes for the former BBC Production division until she left in August 1999.

In 2000 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to science broadcasting.

Born in New Hampshire, USA, Jana lived in Britain from 1969 until her time at Discovery.

She was educated at Bognor Regis Comprehensive School, then studied British and international politics, philosophy and economics at St Anne's College, Oxford.

She was awarded an MSc (Dist) at the London School of Economics where she majored on strategic analysis and international and defence studies.

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