Speaking at the end of May to in-house magazine , he said: "One of the things that I really concentrated on when I joined included getting the comedy sorted out," but added that "you won't really see that on air until this autumn."A number of commissioned British comedy writers have now expressed to the that they feel "complete disillusionment" with BBC Three, believing that Bennett has "no clue" what he is doing with the channel other than trying to "stamp his own mark".
That "change in direction" was spearheaded earlier this year by comedy-reality series World Series Of Dating - which opened with a mere 320,000 viewers and slumped from there, eventually being shifted to a graveyard midnight double-bill slot for the final 2 episodes of its 8-part run.
She’s covered everything from breast-feeding to binge-drinking without so much as batting an eyelid, but it seems that Cherry Healey finally found a subject to make her blush when she made her latest documentary for BBC3.
In Cherry Healey: Like A Virgin, the presenter travelled the country to find out about first-time sex, asking people about their experiences of it and their attitudes towards it.
Topical stand-up series Russell Howard's Good News, currently in its sixth season, is now the channel's sole strong British comedy, regularly attracting between three quarters of and one million viewers.
(Against Euro 2012 football coverage on BBC One, however, the premiere broadcast of last week's episode achieved a record series low of 501,000 viewers, just 2.02% of the entire television audience.)Much of the slide in the channel's fortunes appears to coincide with the arrival of Zai Bennett as channel controller in early 2011, and his cancellation of a raft of shows to "change direction" for BBC Three's comedy output.
The mother-of-one said: ‘Boys told me their story without even thinking, but girls were much more hesitant. ‘For some people it was really cringe-worthy, for some people an unpleasant story, or a romantic story.