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BBC taps Adam Barker for interim BBC2 role

BBC exec Adam Barker (pictured) is to become the acting controller of UK channels BBC2 and BBC4, as the broadcaster seeks out a permanent replacement for outgoing head Janice Hadlow.
February 19, 2014

BBC exec Adam Barker (pictured) is to become the acting controller of UK channels BBC2 and BBC4, as the broadcaster seeks out a permanent replacement for Janice Hadlow.

The news comes after the Corporation announced last week that Hadlow would be stepping down as head of BBC2 and BBC4 in March, to take on the newly created role of controller of special projects and seasons.

Barker, who is currently editorial executive for the two channels, will take up the reins on an interim basis next month, leading the channels until a permanent appointment is made.

BBC director of television Danny Cohen said: “BBC2 and BBC4 are on fine form and it’s important there’s no delay in commissioning decisions during this interim period. Adam’s a very experienced television executive and broadcaster and I’ve asked him ensure we maintain momentum over the coming weeks.”

Barker added: “I’m delighted to be offered this opportunity to take care of two of the BBC’s most distinctive television channels on an interim basis and look forward to working with Danny and the channel teams to keep them firmly on track during this time of transition.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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