BBC2 and BBC4 controller Janice Hadlow to step down from post

Janice Hadlow. Photo: Andrew Hayes Watkins.
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BBC2 and BBC4 controller Janice Hadlow is to step down from her post to take up a new role within the Corporation.

She will become controller of special projects and seasons, a post in which she will develop “series, seasons and other major television events” for the BBC’s different platforms. Hadlow will also advise BBC controller of television Danny Cohen and other channel controllers on the broadcast strategy.

The BBC said her new role would see her “identifying ideas of scale and ambition which will work across BBC output to maximise quality and distinctiveness”.

“She will also seek to develop robust returning formats for more popular early evening television. This content will range across a variety of programme genres, with a particular focus on factual and drama for BBC1, 2, and 4,” the BBC said.

Future projects include a range of programmes 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.

Hadlow said: “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 programmes. 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. The beating heart of the channel is, and always has been, the extraordinary talent it attracts. Working with such amazing people, both on and behind the screen has been the most exciting part of the job and I’ll always be grateful for the way they rose to the challenge to make BBC2 the very best it could be.”

Hadlow has been controller of BBC2 since 2008 and joint controller of BBC2 and BBC4 since 2013. She has overseen programmes such as Twenty Twelve, The Fall and The Hollow Crown.

Cohen described Hadlow as someone who “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. I know that she will continue to deliver a strong and creative range of programmes for our audiences to enjoy,” he said.

Hadlow will continue at BBC2 and BBC4 until early March 2014. The BBC said a recruitment process for her role would begin immediately.