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A TV exec is honored by a reigning queen

12/31/2000 07:00:00 PM Eastern

Jana Bennett,
The Learning Channel's GM, was at Buckingham Palace last month where she received the prestigious Order of the British Empire, an award established by King George V in 1917. None other than Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the award upon Bennett for her contributions to science in the media world.

Bennett, who worked for the BBC before joining TLC, is responsible for bringing Walking with Dinosaurs
to Discovery where it was a huge hit, and for the engineering science competition and cult hit Junkyard Wars
on TLC. She wasn't expecting the phone call from across the drink: "I thought I was being contacted about my lost passport," she laughed.

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