Category: TV; Disclosed Staff

Roles and responsibilities

  • Janice originates and develops high impact cross-platform series, seasons and other major TV events.
  • She identifies and nurtures ideas of scale and ambition that have the potential to work across the channels and deliver programmes that enhance the BBC’s reputation for distinctive, quality television.
  • She also seeks to develop robust, popular factual formats of the kind which have been so successful a part of BBC Two’s early evening peak schedule, and also develops drama ideas with a particularly BBC Two flavour.
  • Reporting to Danny Cohen, she works closely with the Channel Controllers of BBC One, Two and Four, and with Danny Cohen in evolving a broadcast strategy.

Salary and total remuneration

Salary: £227,250
Total remuneration: £235,050

These details were last updated in June 2012 when Janice Hadlow's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of June 2014.


Last updated August 2011

Janice Hadlow was appointed Controller of BBC Two in November 2008.

BBC Two's remit is to be a mixed-genre channel appealing to a broad adult audience with programmes of depth and substance. It has the greatest amount and range of knowledge-building programming of any BBC television channels, complemented by distinctive comedy, drama and arts programming, all underpinned by a common commitment to intelligent pleasure.

Since Janice took up the helm, the channel has seen a resurgence in specialist factual, comedy and drama. In 2011, the channel won five RTS and five Bafta awards for quality programming including Wonders Of The Solar System and Welcome To Lagos. BBC Two has also made its mark with event television, with live events like Lambing Live, Stargazing Live and World Book Night, as well as growing new talent on the channel, including Mary Beard, Amanda Vickery, Alice Roberts, Lorraine Pascale and Brian Cox. The resurgence in comedy and drama has been widely commented on, with programmes including Miranda, The Trip, Rev, Crimson Petal And The White, The Hour and The Shadow Line.

Before BBC Two, Janice was the Controller of BBC Four, from July 2004. During this time BBC Four grew significantly in reach and share, whilst at the same time establishing a reputation as an originator of high-quality, distinctive programming, proving it was possible to be both unashamedly intelligent yet stimulatingly pleasurable. The channel's achievements were recognised with awards for Non-terrestrial Channel of the Year (Broadcast 2008, MGEITF 2006).

During Janice's tenure, BBC Four created cut-through with high profile themed seasons, like The Edwardians and Inside The Medieval Mind, which transformed the impact of factual. Drama grew into one of the key treasures of the schedule with programmes such as Fantabulosa, based on the life of Kenneth Williams, The Long Walk To Finchley and music programming reached new heights of popularity with programmes including Folk Britannia.

In 2007 Janice was invited to be the Murdoch Visiting Professor of Media at the University of Oxford. In the same year Janice took a short sabbatical from BBC Four to write a book about George III and his children, which will be published next year.

Before BBC Four, Janice was Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4 Television, where she commissioned highly successful and award-winning programmes from most factual genres including history, science, arts and religion, including David Starkey's Six Wives, Elizabeth, The 1940s House, Edwardian Country House, The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off, Operatunity and Death of Klinghoffer (which won an Emmy).

Before Channel 4, Janice worked for the BBC joining as a production trainee in 1986.

From 1987 to 1989 she was a Radio 4 producer and worked on programmes such as Woman's Hour, Start The Week and The World Tonight.

In 1989 Janice moved to television where she was producer and executive producer for influential arts strand The Late Show, and was appointed Editor in 1992.

As Deputy Head of the BBC's Music and Arts department as well as Head, Late Show Productions, from 1993 to 1995, Janice originated Home Front and edited the first two series, as well as making one-off arts specials such as Walking The Wall and series including Decisive Moments.

In 1995 Janice was appointed Joint Head of the BBC's History department where she devised A History Of Britain, edited three series of Reputations and made Decisive Weapons, one of the first series to popularise intelligent military history. She also made the successful documentary-drama, Royal Scandal, for BBC One, starring Richard E Grant as George IV.

In 1999 Janice was appointed Head of History, Art and Religion at Channel 4. She was appointed Head of Specialist Factual in 2002.

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