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U.K.'s Channel 5 Hires Ben Frow as Programming Head

He returns to the commercial network to oversee all content and creative operations.

LONDON – U.K. TV network operator Channel 5 has named Ben Frow director of programs.

Frow, a former Channel 5 controller of features and entertainment, returns to the Northern and Shell-owned TV company to oversee all content and creative operations, including commissioning and acquisitions.

He will start his new role at Channel 5, home to the Dallas reboot, in February, reporting to recently elevated COO Paul Dunthorne.

Frow will return to the Channel 5 fold from Irish broadcaster TV3, where he is currently director of programming. In that role, he has been responsible for all programming, scheduling, promotions and original production for the channel for the past five years.

In addition to growing audience share at TV3, Frow is credited with launching the TV3Productions content production business and growing digital channel 3e.

While at Channel 5 between 2004 and 2007, Frow developed such shows as The Diet Doctors, The Hotel Inspector, The Farm, Cosmetic Surgery Live and The Joan Rivers Position.

Prior to that, he spent five years at Channel 4, including as head of factual entertainment and features, developing shows such as Ramsay¹s Kitchen Nightmares, Property Ladder and Jamie's Kitchen

Frow said about re-joining Channel 5: "We have unfinished business!"