Kay Benbow, Controller of CBeebies, joined us for a live online Q & A on 13 January 2012. She answered questions about CBeebies, inclusive children's programming and her own experiences.
Kay was appointed Controller of CBeebies in May 2010 and is responsible for commissioning all content for the under 6's across all platforms – TV, Online and Radio. Kay has over 20 years experience in Children’s programming, primarily at the BBC but also in the Independent sector.
Under Kay’s leadership CBeebies gained its highest ever reach. Recent hits include Octonauts, Rastamouse, ZingZillas and Baby Jake and with the continued success of In the Night Garden, Waybuloo, Mr Maker, Something Special and Grandpa in my Pocket, CBeebies offers a rich and diverse mixed genre portfolio. CBeebies was named BAFTA Children’s Channel of the Year in 2010 and 2011. In 2010 it also secured five other awards to crown the Channel’s best ever night at the British Industry Awards.
Kay has overseen the refresh of the CBeebies website, including a new section for Grown Ups, offering support and insight in to the value of CBeebies content. She is passionate about providing quality content, which inspires the BBC's youngest viewers, by commissioning shows that reflect and are relevant to a UK audience and by securing the best International productions too.