BBC Four controller role scrapped

Janice Hadlow BBC Two boss Janice Hadlow will take editorial charge of BBC Four

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The BBC has confirmed that the role of BBC Four controller has been dropped.

The decision follows the departure of previous incumbent Richard Klein to ITV.

BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow will take editorial leadership of BBC Four, having been in temporary charge of the digital channel since May.

A new post of BBC Four channel editor will be created, reporting to Hadlow.

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, said he wanted BBC Two and BBC Four to collaborate more "across their programmes, scheduling, marketing and digital innovation".

"Janice has made real progress in these areas and I want to build on these foundations," he added.

"The new role of BBC Four Channel Editor, reporting to Janice, will help ensure that the channel continues to grow its own distinctive tone, character and output, as well as providing day-to-day management of the channel and its commissioning."

Programming cuts

The BBC Four service licence budget has been cut by 10% over the last two years to £49m in 2013/14.

This means the channel will no longer commission original UK drama or history programmes for the foreseeable future.

However it will prioritise investment in arts, music and "distinctive documentaries". Factual output will focus on specialist subjects, and the channel will continue to show new comedies and foreign language dramas.

BBC Four will also broadcast output from the BBC TV archive.

Of the four main BBC channels, BBC Four receives the highest appreciation index (AI), scoring 85.6.

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