After more than five years in the role, BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow – who commissioned such hit series as The Great British Bake Off, Line of Duty and the Gillian Anderson starrer The Fall – is to step down.
Hadlow, who also recently assumed the role of BBC Four controller, will segue to a new BBC role as Controller of Special Projects and Seasons. In said role, she will develop and originate high impact cross-platform series, seasons and other major television events; while also advising Danny Cohen and the Channel Controllers on broadcast strategy. She will be responsible for identifying ideas of scale and ambition across multiple genres, with a decided focus on factual, drama and early-evening formats, which could air on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four.
“Janice has been an extraordinarily successful Controller of BBC Two. In a time of digital change she has both creatively enriched BBC Two and ensured it remains a competitive force to be reckoned with”, said Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television. “Janice truly understands how to make the popular good and the good popular. Her intellectual and creative skills are formidable and I am very glad indeed that she has decided to stay with us in BBC Television in a new senior role. I know that she will continue to deliver a strong and creative range of programmes for our audiences to enjoy.”
While Janice Hadlow added: “It has been an amazing privilege for me to run a channel that I have loved ever since I was old enough to appreciate great programmes. There’s nothing quite like BBC Two anywhere else in television, and, as it approaches its 50th birthday, I’m incredibly proud to have played a part in its distinguished, stimulating and always surprising history. The beating heart of the channel is, and always has been, the extraordinary talent it attracts. Working with such amazing people, both on and behind the screen has been the most exciting part of the job and I’ll always be grateful for the way they rose to the challenge to make BBC Two the very best it could be.”
The is the latest move for Janice Hadlow, who has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting. Beginning as a Radio 4 producer in the late 80s, she led various BBC Television departments in the 90s, including Music & Arts and History – a genre which she is particularly passionate about. In 1999 Hadlow moved to Channel 4 as Head of History, Art and Religion, before being promoted to Head of Factual in 2002. In 2004 she moved back to the BBC as Controller of BBC Four, staying in that role for four years before being appointed as Controller of BBC Two in 2008. Since 2013, when Richard Klein departed the corporation, Hadlow, in addition to her role as BBC Two Controller, has served as Controller of BBC Four.