Janice Hadlow to head up special projects and seasons

Janice Hadlow Janice Hadlow will take up brand-new role in television

Janice Hadlow will step down from leading BBC Two and BBC Four to take up a brand-new role at the corporation.

She's been appointed controller of special projects and seasons, with responsibility for major TV events and special programming with cross-platform potential.

Her new role in television will span all genres on BBC One, Two and Four, but there will be a particular focus on factual and drama programmes.

The TV executive will also look for formats that could work for popular early evening slots.

Danny Cohen, director of television, says: '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.

'I know that she will continue to deliver a strong and creative range of programmes for our audiences to enjoy.'

Alongside her daily responsibilities, Hadlow will also be using her considerable experience to advise Cohen and the channel controllers on broadcast strategy.

Hadlow has been leading BBC Two since 2008 and became joint controller of Two and Four in 2013.

BBC Two is perceived to be in excellent shape, having won channel of the year at the Broadcast Awards in 2013 and also the year before at the Edinburgh Festival.

In 2013, BBC Two won more Baftas than any other channel, including awards for 7/7, Murder, Twenty Twelve and Great British Bake Off.

It replicated this success at the RTS Awards, where eight BBC Two programmes were honoured. Among these were Lucien Freud: Painted Life, The Hollow Crown and Protecting our Children.

Hadlow also has presided over a growth in live television events, including Lambing Live, Stargazing Live and Airport Live.

The controller also championed new talent during her tenure, with the likes of Mary Beard, Amanda Vickery, Alice Roberts, Mary Berry, Lorraine Pascale and Brian Cox becoming household names.

Cohen adds: 'Janice has been an extraordinarily successful controller of BBC Two. In a time of digital change she has both creatively enriched BBC Two and ensured it remains a competitive force to be reckoned with.'

Hadlow will continue in her current role until early March. A successor is being sought immediately.


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