Cassian Harrison appointed as Channel Editor, BBC Four

I look forward to continuing BBC Four's unrivalled reputation for insightful, surprising and innovative television of every kind."Cassian Harrison
Date: 02.10.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.11
Category: BBC Four; Corporate
Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two and BBC Four, today announced that Cassian Harrison has been appointed as Channel Editor, BBC Four, responsible for the day-to-day running of the channel.

Janice Hadlow says: "I'm delighted with this appointment and look forward to working closely with Cassian. I know that he will ensure that BBC Four remains as distinctive, unique and valued by audiences as it has come to be in recent years."

Cassian Harrison says: "It's an extraordinary privilege to be given the chance to help run the BBC's best-loved channel. Luckily I am in the amazing position of being able to build on the legacy of one great BBC Four Controller, Richard Klein, whilst having by my side the advice and support of Richard's brilliant predecessor, Janice Hadlow, not to mention a fantastic channel team. I look forward to continuing BBC Four's unrivalled reputation for insightful, surprising and innovative television of every kind."

In recent months Cassian has been working as channel executive for BBC Two and Four with a focus on increasing collaboration between the two channels across programming, scheduling, marketing and digital innovation.

Prior to this Cassian was a commissioning editor in Factual Commissioning looking after History and Science & Natural History across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. His credits range across a huge diversity of programmes, from Turn Back Time: The High Street and Penguins, Spy In The Huddle on BBC One, to Mary Beard’s Rome, The Burrowers, Operation Iceberg and the factual drama The Challenger on BBC Two, to Lucy Worsley's If Walls Could Talk, The Joy Of Stats, The Story Of England and Everything And Nothing on BBC Four.

His most recent project was the highly successful Wonder Of Dogs, currently airing on BBC Two. Alongside his commissioning role, Cassian has also spent the last year working with the Scottish independent sector helping with supply and strategy.

Before joining the BBC, Cassian had an extensive record as an innovative and award-winning producer and executive producer, responsible for major BBC series such as Britain From Above and hard-hitting current affairs films such as Beneath The Veil for Channel 4. Cassian also has a strong background in new media production and development, setting up one of the UK's first cross-platform production units at Lion Television.