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Lesley Douglas is new Controller of BBC Radio 2

Lesley Douglas will take over as Controller, BBC Radio 2Lesley Douglas has been chosen to succeed Jim Moir as Controller, BBC Radio 2.

She will take over the role of running the UK's most listened to radio station at the beginning of January 2004.

Lesley, aged 40, who was born in Newcastle, will also be responsible for the BBC's new digital music station BBC 6 Music.

She is currently Head of Programmes at Radio 2 and deputy to Controller, Jim Moir CBE, LVO.

Lesley says: "I'm absolutely thrilled.

"Radio 2 is a wonderful station that is passionate about its listeners and music and I'm glad that I've been involved in its evolution over the past few years.

"Taking over the controllership is a huge responsibility but immensely exciting with the bonus of having the chance to develop BBC 6 Music into a mature digital radio station.

"There can't be a better job in broadcasting."

Jenny Abramsky, Director of BBC Radio & Music, says: "Lesley Douglas has played a major role working alongside Jim Moir in making Radio 2 the phenomenal success it is today.

"She is absolutely the right person to take the network forward, cherishing its combination of a broad range of quality music output with a variety of current affairs, comedy, arts and religious programming."

Lesley was appointed Head of Programmes in spring 2000.

She started her career in the BBC as a Production Assistant, first in a research department then moving in 1985 to the David Jacobs show.

In 1988 she became a Producer in the Music Department working on programmes such as the Gloria Hunniford, David Jacobs and Ken Bruce shows as well as Brian Matthew's Round Midnight and The Pleasure's Yours on the BBC World Service.

Lesley returned to Promotions in 1990, this time as a Producer, and was promoted to Editor, Radio 2 Presentation and Planning in 1993.

In May 1997 she became Managing Editor, BBC Radio 2.

Lesley is a Fellow of the Radio Academy and has chaired the Radio Festival Steering Committee on two occasions.

Notes to Editors

• Radio 2 has 13.03 million listeners a week and a 16.3% share of listening (RAJAR Quarter 2 2003).

• It was voted Sony UK station of the Year in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

• BBC Radio 2 brings a wide range of popular and specialist music, news, current affairs, comedy, readings, religious output and social action campaigns to a mainstream audience.

Radio 2 has record audience share of 16.3% (31.07.03)

More Radio 2 releases

Lesley Douglas biography

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