Douglas is new Controller of BBC Radio 2
Douglas has been chosen to succeed Jim Moir as Controller,
BBC Radio 2.
will take over the role of running the UK's most listened to radio
station at the beginning of January 2004.
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.
says: "I'm absolutely thrilled.
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.
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.
can't be a better job in broadcasting."
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.
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."
was appointed Head of Programmes in spring 2000.
started her career in the BBC as a Production Assistant, first in
a research department then moving in 1985 to the David Jacobs show.
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.
returned to Promotions in 1990, this time as a Producer, and was
promoted to Editor, Radio 2 Presentation and Planning in 1993.
May 1997 she became Managing Editor, BBC Radio 2.
is a Fellow of the Radio Academy and has chaired the Radio Festival
Steering Committee on two occasions.
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.
2 has record audience share of 16.3% (31.07.03)
Radio 2 releases
BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview,
the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well
as on satellite and cable.
offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services
from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.