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Danny Cohen to take over as BBC1 controller

New controller will now be in charge of a budget of £1.13bn.

BBC3 controller Danny Cohen has been appointed the new controller of the UK's most-watched channel BBC1 with immediate effect.

He will replace Jay Hunt, who is leaving the corporation to become chief creative officer at Channel 4.

Cohen, who has been managing a budget of £100m at BBC3 for the last three years, will now be in charge of a budget of £1.13bn.

He will be on a salary of £260,000 and will get additional benefits of about £7,000.

The 36-year old had relaunched BBC3 as "youth channel" focusing on young audiences and serious factual programmes. He commissioned programmes including Being Human, Blood, Sweat and Takeaways and Britain's Missing Top Model.

Under Cohen's leadership, BBC3 had been twice named non-terrestrial channel of the year at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh TV Festival in the past three years.

Prior to joining BBC3, Cohen was head of E4 and head of Channel 4 factual entertainment.

"It is a huge privilege to take charge of Britain's most-watched channel, and I feel honoured to have this opportunity," said Cohen.