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Ben Frow

director of programming
Channel 5

Ben Frow is the maverick director of programmes for Channel 5, joining the broadcaster in February 2013 where he leads on all content across the portfolio of channels including commissions and acquisitions. Frow is responsible for the extensive creative renewal of Channel 5, building reputation and driving ratings, and significantly increasing the volume and range of original productions. Recent commissioning highlights range from Rich House, Poor House to Gangland; Cruising with Jane McDonald to The Accused; Slum Britain: 50 Years On to Yorkshire: A Year in the Wild.

Frow was formerly director of programming for Irish broadcaster TV3 where he increased audience share, launched TV3 Productions and grew 3e to become Ireland’s number one digital channel.

Frow was Controller of features and entertainment at Channel 5 between 2004 and 2007, developing shows including How Not to Decorate, The Hotel Inspector, Cosmetic Surgery Live and The Joan Rivers Position.

Previously he spent five years at Channel 4 becoming head of factual entertainment and features. Commissioning highlights included Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Property Ladder, Jamie’s Kitchen, Sex Tips for Girls, Nigella Bites, You Are What you Eat and How Clean Is Your House?

He began his television career with six years as a stylist/producer at ITV and was a senior producer at GMTV before moving to the BBC to be an executive producer for both BBC1 and BBC 2.