Jay Hunt to chair BFI

The TV creative director Jay Hunt has been appointed chair of the British Film Institute, culture secretary Lucy Frazer announced today. She will take on the four-year unpaid role on February 16.

Formerly Controller of BBC 1, chief creative director for Channel 4 and director of programmes at Channel 5, Hunt, 56, is currently creative director for Apple TV+.

Her commissions include Bad Sisters, Slow Horses, Luther, Sherlock, Black Mirror, Derry Girls, Catastrophe and Gogglebox. She began her career working on the BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama before becoming editor of both the One O’Clock and Six O’Clock News.

"The BFI plays such a vital role in supporting great British storytellers and I’m delighted I’ll be chairing the organisation at such an exciting and challenging time” she said. “I’m passionate about the quality and range of film and TV we produce in the UK and look forward to championing it on the world stage.”

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