Apple hires ex-BBC and Channel 4 executive Jay Hunt

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Jay Hunt will start work during Apple during a start of 2018

Apple has hired Jay Hunt – a former controller of BBC One and arch artistic officer of Channel Four – to join a video team.

Ms Hunt was obliged for TV shows including Sherlock and Luther during a BBC before assisting Channel 4 pointer adult a Great British Bake Off.

Her pretension during Apple will be artistic director, Europe, worldwide video.

Apple has not specified what it involves, nonetheless she is approaching to elect programmes on a behalf.

Until now, Apple’s possess programming has served as an accessory to a Music subscription use and enclosed Planet of a Apps – a business existence TV foe – and Carpool Karaoke – a spin-off from James Corden’s Late Late Show.

However, a US organisation has committed $1bn (£754m) to acquire and furnish serve calm over a entrance months, according to a news in a Wall Street Journal.

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Ms Hunt helped Channel 4 take Bake Off from a BBC

Earlier in a year, Apple suggested it had hired dual Sony Pictures TV executives.

Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg had overseen Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and Rescue Me among other US shows.

These developments have fuelled conjecture that a association is scheming to launch a video subscription use to opposition Netflix and Amazon Video, with strange content, after unwell to remonstrate a US networks to let it sell bundles of their programming.

“It seems like Apple is going for a worldwide pull already, even nonetheless it hasn’t nonetheless done many advance in a US,” pronounced Tom Harrington, an researcher during investigate organisation Enders Analysis.

“Jay Hunt is well-developed in a commissioning space. She’s well-developed during anticipating programmes that fit a opening she’s operative at.

“She could have worked anywhere she wanted.”

Apple is not a usually US tech hulk investing in a TV industry.

Facebook launched a Watch use in a US in August, charity cookery, aptness and travel-themed programmes among other content.

Twitter is building news programming in and with Bloomberg and Buzzfeed, and has also acquired streaming rights to several sports events.

Google continues to deposit in a YouTube Red service, that produces ad-free films and shows for subscribers.


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Sherlock was one of Ms Hunt’s many successful commissions during a BBC

By Amol Rajan, media editor

When Jay Hunt missed out on a pursuit of arch executive during Channel 4, where as arch artistic officer she had overseen a array of large hits and bought Great British Bake Off from a BBC, everybody in a attention asked a same question. What jobs in British TV competence she indeed now want? Answer: not many.

As radio is reinvented – from linear, scheduled programmes watched by families around a singular radio set, to on-demand shows watched mostly on mobile phones and tablets, or infrequently by mixed screens – it is a large American record companies that are pushing innovation.

Last week, Netflix showed considerable quarterly expansion in subscribers. Many comparison total in a attention contend Amazon is changing a manners of a game, by charity large budgets for play and documentaries. And there is speak aplenty about amicable media giants shopping adult live sports rights.

In employing Ms Hunt, Apple has reinforced a summary that it is holding radio and strange calm really seriously. At her withdrawal celebration in Channel 4’s London domicile recently, a concept feeling was that it would be to one of these large record companies that she moved. That has now come to pass.

Jay Hunt poached Bake Off from a BBC in a pierce that was met with widespread scepticism, and copiousness of derision. Yet with 6 million viewers per episode, a switch has been a success.

What uncover competence she cook from another broadcaster subsequent – maybe even her former employers?

Given Apple’s marketplace capitalisation of some-more than $800bn (£603bn), we think income won’t be an issue. Ms Hunt is going to suffer her new budget.