UK pubcaster the BBC has chosen natural history head Kim Shillinglaw (pictured) to replace Janice Hadlow as the controller of BBC2 and BBC4.
Shillinglaw, who currently serves as head of science and natural history commissioning for the Beeb, will be responsible for the creative and strategic direction of terrestrial channel BBC2, and will work in close collaboration with BBC4 “to ensure that the channels are well-aligned,” the Corporation said.
BBC4 channel editor Cassian Harrison will report to Shillinglaw, and she will also take a place on BBC Television’s board.
The news comes after the UK broadcaster announced in February that Hadlow would be stepping down as head of the two channels to take on a new role, as controller of special projects and seasons.
In a statement, Shillinglaw said: “BBC2 has always been one of the most creative channels in the world, with a huge range of quality programming.
“I’m delighted and honored by the prospect of working with the best of our British talent and program-makers; I look forward to taking it and BBC4 to the next phase of great, thought-provoking and lively TV for British audiences.”
BBC director of television Danny Cohen added: “Kim has proved herself to be an exceptional creative at the BBC. She has an eye for scale and the bigger picture and seeks out distinctive, high-quality ideas. BBC2 is in fantastic shape and I’m looking forward to seeing the channel blossom further under Kim’s leadership.”
As head of science and natural history commissioning, Shillinglaw has been responsible for commissioning 200 hours of television a year, covering titles such as Stargazing, The Challenger, The Joy of Stats, Africa and Frozen Planet.