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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.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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