BBC executive Adam Barker has been appointed as the acting Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, TVWise has learned.
In his new role Barker will report to the BBC’s Director of Television Danny Cohen. He currently serves as Editorial Executive for BBC Two and BBC Four and prior to that served as the BBC’s Commissioning Executive for Arts, Music and Religion. His appointment follows Janice Hadlow’s move from being Controller of BBC Two, a role she had held since 2008, to become Controller of Special Projects and Seasons.
Barker will take up his new position as Acting Controller in March and will serve in that capacity until a permanent replacement is appointed – a process which could take some time as the race for the position is considered wide-open with the no real frontrunners for the position, either from within the BBC or from outside.
“I’m delighted to be offered this opportunity to take care of two of the BBC’s most distinctive television channels on an interim basis and look forward to working with Danny and the channel teams to keep them firmly on track during this time of transition”, said Adam Barker.
While Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, added: “BBC Two and BBC Four are on fine form and it’s important there’s no delay in commissioning decisions during this interim period. Adam’s a very experienced television executive and broadcaster and I’ve asked him ensure we maintain momentum over the coming weeks.”