Ex-Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt hired by Apple

She has held top jobs at Channel 4, Channel 5 and the BBC.

Channel 4’s former chief creative officer Jay Hunt has been hired by Apple.

Hunt, the force behind Channel 4’s acquisition of The Great British Bake Off from the BBC, will take up her role as Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video in January.

The appointment comes soon after Apple recruited two former executives from Sony Pictures Television for what is thought to be its push into television and film.

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Jay Hunt will take up her role as Apple’s Creative Director, Europe, Worldwide Video in January (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Hunt, 50, was instrumental in bringing the likes of Gogglebox, First Dates, Humans and The Island With Bear Grylls to Channel 4 and was behind deals to bring US dramas The Handmaid’s Tale and Homeland to the UK.

She stepped down from her post in September after almost seven years in the role.

Hunt also previously worked at Channel 5 and the BBC, where she was controller of BBC One.

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