Former BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow exits

The controller of seasons and special projects is the latest in a string of high-profile execs to depart the British pubcaster.
January 22, 2016

Former BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow is leaving the British pubcaster after 30 years.

Hadlow became the controller of seasons and special projects in 2014 – a newly created position – and has overseen the 10-part revival of Kenneth Clark’s 1969 documentary series Civilisations. The Nutopia-produced series is expected to air in 2017.

Prior to that, she spent six years as the controller of BBC2.

Hadlow is the latest in a string of high-profile executives to depart the British pubcaster. Earlier this week, BBC2 and BBC4 controller Kim Shillinglaw exited the company amidst restructuring that saw channel controllers phased out and Charlotte Moore appointed as creative, editorial and strategic lead for BBC1, BBC2, BBC4 and BBC iPlayer.

Last fall, the BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen stepped down.

“I have had a wonderful career at the BBC, where I have been lucky enough to work with very talented people on a host of exciting programs,” Hadlow said in a statement. “I was pleased to be able to see my final project, Civilisations, through a period of development to the point where it is about to begin filming. It is always hard to say goodbye, but this feels the right moment for me to take my leave. I wish it, and all the colleagues with whom I have so enjoyed working, the very best of luck for the future.”

The BBC is not looking to replace her and will close her position.

About The Author
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.