Jan Younghusband joined the BBC in September 2009 and is in charge of Music and Events commissioning on BBC Television ad well as working with BBC Radio to ensure music and events content works in harmony across the BBC.
Jan is part of the TV Factual Commissioning team, run by Controller of Factual Commissioning, Emma Swain. She also works alongside Bob Shennan, Director of Music, to deliver the pan-BBC music strategy.
Since joining the BBC Jan has commissioned live events, concerts, documentaries and seasons across TV Radio and online, including: The Opera Season; Frankenstein’s Wedding Live in Leeds; Howard Goodall’s Story of Music; David Bowie: Five Years; The Secrets of Songs; David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy;The Sound of Cinema; George Harrison: Living in The Material World; Crossfire Hurricane: The Rolling Stones; the new look for the BBC Proms on Television;Bollywood Carmen; Messiah at the Foundling Hospital; Rule Britannia: Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century; the Jubilee Concert.
She has also acquired concert events and documentaries for BBC One, including: Adele at the Royal Albert Hall; Coldplay in Concert; Stephen Lawrence Concert; The Sound of Change Live from Twickenham; Russell Brand: Give it up for Comic Relief.
Before joining the BBC Jan was Head of Arts and Performance at Channel Four Television for ten years. She commissioned a number of award-winning series including the first arts reality show, Operatunity!, Klinghoffer, and The Cost of Living. Her work also saw the debuts of significant new documentaries including: The Ballet Boyz, Suzi Templeton’s Peter and the World (Oscar winner 2009) and Steve McQueen’s debut feature Hunger (Bafta Best Film 2009).
Jan trained in opera production at Glyndebourne before moving to theatre production. She joined the National Theatre to be Assistant Producer to Sir Peter Hall for 8 years, scheduling and line-producing productions. She also worked with Sir Peter on Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Bayreuth. She later worked for Sir Richard Eyre and David Aukin, before moving to the West End to be General Manager of the Peter Hall Company.
Jan became a freelance producer and writer making her debut in TV with the series Orchestra! (Channel Four), which she wrote and produced. She also wrote the book of the series. This was followed by Concerto! which won an Emmy in 1993.
As a writer, Jan's credits include a biography of Jacqueline Du Pre - A Genius in the Family - which became a major feature film, as well as Oscar's Orchestra - an animated adventure series for BBC One introducing young children to classical music.