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Janice Hadlow to be new Controller of BBC Two

Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision, today announced the appointment of Janice Hadlow as the new Controller of BBC Two.


Janice, currently Controller of BBC Four, will take up her role in early November.


Jana Bennett said: "Janice is an outstanding original thinker who has led BBC Four from strength to strength.


"She has demonstrated a passion for intelligent television across the different genres, with an eye for making an impact, whether that is in serious factual programming, mould breaking comedy or authored drama.


"I look forward to Janice bringing her enormous creativity and ability to inspire others to BBC Two.


"Janice takes on BBC Two in very good health. Over the last four years Roly Keating has reinvigorated the channel, growing its reach while maintaining its share and its highest ever figures for audience appreciation of quality.


"I am sure that Janice will build on this success and make the channel even stronger."


Janice Hadlow said: "There could be no better job in the broadcasting world than that of Controller of BBC Two.


"For me, there's no channel that's more exciting, more original, more enticing and above all, more important. Growing up, it was BBC Two that helped shape my vision of the world, with its distinctive mix of intelligence, authority and wit.


"I'm conscious that, in taking on the Controllership, I'll be following in the footsteps of some the greatest names in broadcasting, and look forward to doing all I can to live up to the high standards they have set and building on all Roly Keating has achieved over the last four years."


Janice Hadlow has been Controller of BBC Four since July 2004.


Under her Controllership, BBC Four grew significantly in reach and share, whilst at the same time establishing a reputation as an originator of high-quality, distinctive programming, proving it was possible to be both unashamedly intelligent yet stimulatingly pleasurable.


The channel's achievements have been recognised with awards for Non-terrestrial Channel of the Year (Broadcast 2008, MGEITF 2006).


During Janice's tenure, BBC Four has created cut-through with high profile themed seasons which have transformed the impact of factual.


Drama has grown into one of the key treasures of the schedule and music programming has reached new heights of popularity.


Critical successes have included Lost Decade, Inside The Medieval Mind, Edwardians, Atom, Parallel Lives, Blood And Guts, Art Of Eternity, Art Of Spain, Genius Of Photography, California Dreaming, Folk Britannia, Vivaldi's Women, Fantabulosa, The Chatterley Affair, Fear Of Fanny, The Curse Of Comedy, The Long Walk To Finchley, The Thick Of It, Lead Balloon and Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe.


In 2007 Janice was invited to be the Murdoch Visiting Professor of Media at the University of Oxford.


In the same year Janice took a short sabbatical from BBC Four to write a book, The Strangest Family, about George III and his children and which she continues to work on in her spare time.


Before BBC Four, Janice was Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4 Television, where she commissioned highly successful and award-winning programmes from most factual genres including history, science, arts and religion, including David Starkey's Six Wives and Elizabeth, The 1940s House, The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off, Testing God, The Art Show, Operatunity and Death Of Klinghoffer (which won an Emmy).


Before Channel 4, Janice worked for the BBC joining as a production trainee in 1986.


From 1987 to 1989 she was a BBC Radio 4 producer and worked on programmes such as Woman's Hour, Start The Week and The World Tonight.


In 1989 Janice moved to television where she was producer and executive producer for influential arts strand The Late Show, and was appointed Editor in 1992.


As Deputy Head of the BBC's Music and Arts department as well as Head, Late Show Productions from 1993 to 1995, Janice originated Home Front and edited the first two series, as well as making one-off arts specials such as Walking The Wall and series including Decisive Moments.


In 1995 Janice was appointed Joint Head of the BBC's History department where she devised A History Of Britain, edited three series of Reputations and made Decisive Weapons, one of the first series to popularise intelligent military history.


She also made the successful documentary-drama, Royal Scandal, for BBC One, starring Richard E Grant as George IV.


In 1999 Janice was appointed Head of History, Art and Religion at Channel 4. She was appointed Head of Specialist Factual in 2002.


Janice Hadlow replaces Roly Keating, who has been Controller of BBC Two since June 2004.


Roly will be taking up the new role of Director, Archive Content for the BBC.


Programmes under Roly's tenure include Andrew Marr's History Of Modern Britain, The Choir, the White season, Jerry Springer The Opera, Rain In My Heart, Shoot The Messenger, The Power Of Nightmares and Stephen Fry: The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, alongside comedy successes such as Extras, The Catherine Tate Show, That Mitchell And Webb Look and the re-launched Never Mind The Buzzcocks.


The channel has also launched a raft of influential and popular returning series, including Dragons' Den, Coast, Tribe, Springwatch, the first two series of Who Do You Think You Are? and The Apprentice.


Its top-rating programme, Top Gear, continues to go from strength to strength.


Roly will hand over to Janice in early November.


Jana Bennett will advertise the role of Controller, BBC Four in the next few weeks.






Category: BBC; BBC Two
Date: 01.10.2008
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