Today at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Bennett discusses his plans for the often maligned BBC Three, including the search for a "social-media driven" format and hopes to build a "family of talent" around stars Stacey Dooley, Russell Howard and Russell Tovey. The Guardian's media reporter Tara Conlan will chair this Meet the Controller session.
15.21pm It's a full house pretty much, lots of people eager to hear from the BBC Three boss. Just recapping Bennett's achievements now. He is also about to become a father for the first time - to which he says "s**t". Asked how he is coping with the move to the public funded BBC, he says that there are more pressures, but that is only "right and proper". Also, he says that he "always wanted to work for the BBC" and he gets more "creative freedom" than ITV, as he doesn't have to justify programmes on return on investment.
15.25pm He says that BBC Three has had success with factual programmes and comedy (he likes Him and Her), but he wants to "rebalance the schedule", particularly in commissioning more big comedy hits like Little Britain and Gavin & Stacey. Also, he wants shows that are "weird and take time for people to get", such as The Mighty Boosh, and more studio-based comedies.
Now showing BBC Three showreel.
15.27pm Discussing the future scope of BBC Three in the BBC's Delivering Quality First initiative, a programme of efficiency savings to trim up to 20% from the corporation's budget. Bennett refuses to be drawn on speculation that BBC Three may be under threat, but says "nothing is off the table" in the DQF process.
He says the "chattering classes" are out to get BBC Three, using the channel's "sometimes out there programming" as "sticks to hit us with". Particularly refers to criticism of the much maligned Snog Marry Avoid, says the programme is under review as to whether it will come back. Also says that quality documentaries such as Our War often "don't get picked up by the chattering classes".
15.38pm Now discussing the decision to axe Ideal and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, says that the programmes "had a chance to reach an audience" but now it's about prioritising new programming and talent. Is also keen to commission more multiplatform content.
Confirms that there are "currently no plans" to do a spinoff show for new BBC One talent show The Voice for BBC Three, but says that the channel could do one in the future if the programme proves a success.
Also confirms that the BBC Three commissioning team is looking at doing another series of soldier's documentary Our War.
15.40pm Says he wants to create a more "balanced" channel which offers factual programming but also entertainment such as Don't Tell the Bride and more comedy. Needs to appeal to the channel's youth demographic.
Discussing the relationship with Danny Cohen at BBC One, says that many BBC Three shows have moved onto the BBC's flagship channel, and he would "love" more to make the move too.
Says that he sees the value in Young Persons Question Time, but says that brand extensions "have their own place", because the audience appreciation usually "goes back to the mothership" rather than benefitting BBC Three. Says that if the spinoff of Question Time returns to BBC Three, it might be in a "slightly different format".
15.47pm Just showed a video of people discussing BBC Three, a range of views but generally positive. One person says channel needs more "appointment to view" programmes. Bennett says that he would have commissioned The Only Way Is Essex for BBC Three, but would not attempt scripted reality now on the channel unless there were extra layers or ideas, "because why be fifth to a party?"
15.40pm Says Russell Howard and Russell Tovey are the talent possibly most representative of BBC Three, and he wants to develop them even more. But also Stacey Dooley and Cherry Healey are emerging factual stars. Says that Monday nights will be devoted to new comedy formats, possibly a panel show, but does not give any more details. He says that talent on BBC Three "probably" has to be young, but says that he won't rule out older stars if the tone of the show is right, such as The Mighty Boosh.
Says that BBC Three will most likely show two big dramas each year, with Being Human and Lip Service returning in 2012.
16.00pm Confirms that Billie Piper is coming to BBC Three to star in a new one-off comedy pilot titled Tom And Jenny, which he says has elements of hit movie Scott Pilgrim Versus The World. Says he got the script from Lee Huckfield at Objective and just thought it was "really funny". The show could air this year, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.
16.06pm Discussing the future of Family Guy on BBC Three, says that the channel has the animated show for a couple more years, but adds that is it "debatable" as to whether the BBC would pay "any price" to retain the show in the future.
16.10pm Talking about his future, says he is unsure about following Cohen in moving to BBC One, as he enjoys the creative freedom of BBC Three. Asked about the success of The Only Way Is Essex, says at times he is not sure "whether to be proud or go have a shower". Earlier, he said that if ITV2 won 'Channel of the Year' at tomorrow's festival awards ceremony he would not pick the gong up, but would "nick it later".