Jana Bennett was born in the United States and moved to the UK as a teenager. Jana is currently a non-executive director on the Board of Pew Research Center, the Washington based non-partisan fact tank; and a Senior Advisor and Executive-at-Large for Ozy Media. Previously, at the BBC she worked on Newsnight and Panorama before being appointed the first female Editor of Horizon and subsequently Head of BBC Television’s Science and Features Department. Jana then moved to the United States to lead The Learning Channel (TLC), one of the Discovery networks before returning to the BBC as Director of Television, serving on the BBC Executive Board, in charge of all the BBC’s Television channels and commissioning teams. After more than 8 years leading the television service she moved to the BBC’s international commercial arm, BBC Worldwide to become President of Worldwide Networks and Global iPlayer. In 2013 she returned to the US to launch a channel for Arts & Entertainment Networks and subsequently became President of the History Channel there. Jana is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and the Royal Geographical Society. In 2000 she was awarded an OBE for services to science communications and broadcasting.
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