Janice Hadlow to step down as head of BBC2, BBC4

Janice Hadlow (pictured), the controller of BBC2 and BBC4, is stepping down from her role to take up a new post at the UK public broadcaster.
February 11, 2014

Janice Hadlow (pictured), the controller of BBC2 and BBC4, is stepping down from her role to take up a new post at the UK public broadcaster.

In her new role, as controller of special projects and seasons, Hadlow will be charged with developing high-impact cross-platform series, seasons and other major TV events. She will also advise BBC Television director Danny Cohen and the network’s channel controllers on broadcast strategy.

The new role will involve “identifying ideas of scale and ambition which will work across BBC output to maximize quality and distinctiveness,” according to the Corporation. She will also seek to develop “robust returning formats” for more popular early evening television, with a particular focus on factual and drama for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.

Janice will continue in her current role until early March; a recruitment process for her replacement is already under way.

In a statement, Cohen said: “Janice has been an extraordinarily successful controller of BBC2. In a time of digital change she has both creatively enriched BBC2 and ensured it remains a competitive force to be reckoned with.

“Janice truly understands how to make the popular good and the good popular. Her intellectual and creative skills are formidable and I am very glad indeed that she has decided to stay with us in BBC Television in a new senior role.”

Hadlow added: “It has been an amazing privilege for me to run a channel that I have loved ever since I was old enough to appreciate great programs. There’s nothing quite like BBC2 anywhere else in television, and, as it approaches its 50th birthday, I’m incredibly proud to have played a part in its distinguished, stimulating and always surprising history.”

Future projects for Hadlow will include a range of programs on popular music, a season focusing on women’s history, and a collaboration between drama and factual genres to create a literary season in 2016.

Janice Hadlow has served as controller of BBC2 since 2008, and joint controller of BBC2 and BBC4 since 2013.

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