Cassian Harrison (pictured) has been named channel editor at BBC4, taking on responsible for the day-to-day running of the UK channel in the new role.
The appointment comes after the departure of BBC4 controller Richard Klein, who moved to rival UK broadcaster ITV in May. Following his departure, BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow took on controllership of BBC4, firstly in acting capacity and then permanently. Harrison reports to Hadlow.
In a statement, Hadlow said: “I’m delighted with this appointment and look forward to working closely with Cassian. I know that he will ensure that BBC4 remains as distinctive, unique and valued by audiences as it has come to be in recent years.”
In recent months, Harrison has been working as a channel executive for BBC2 and BBC4 with a focus on increasing collaboration between the two channels across programming, scheduling, marketing and digital innovation.
Prior to this, he was a commissioning editor in factual commissioning, looking after history, science and natural history across BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.
Harrison said: “It’s an extraordinary privilege to be given the chance to help run the BBC’s best-loved channel.
“Luckily I am in the amazing position of being able to build on the legacy of one great BBC4 controller, Richard Klein, whilst having by my side the advice and support of Richard’s brilliant predecessor, Janice Hadlow, not to mention a fantastic channel team.”