The BBC has tapped Head of Documentaries Commissioning Patrick Holland to serve in the newly created role of BBC Two Editor, TVWise has learned.
The Editor position was created amidst a restructuring following the departure of Director of Television Danny Cohen and BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw, It carries much of the same responsibilities as the previous Controller role.
As Editor, Holland will provide creative leadership and manage and run the channel, commissioning and scheduling programmes to enhance its distinctive identity in the portfolio of channels. He will take up post in August and will report to Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer. Adam Barker has been serving as Acting BBC Two Editor for the past six months.
“Patrick is the right creative leader to bring confidence back to BBC Two and give the channel a greater sense of identity in a crowded TV landscape. He is passionate about authorship and a real champion of the director’s voice and I know he will be committed to making BBC Two a place for creatives to do their most distinctive, signature work”, said Moore.
“Patrick is a born collaborator who backs risk-taking, and whose extensive experience and sound editorial judgement will create a BBC Two fit for the future, to drive even higher quality and success”, she added. “I would like to say a big thank you to Adam Barker who has been utterly dedicated to BBC Two over the last six months. I could not have done without his support and commitment.”
Well liked and respected, Holland has been serving as the BBC’s Head of Documentaries since 2015 and has been responsible for leading one of the biggest commissioning teams at the BBC, overseeing a huge range of output across all channels. Prior to taking up that post, he was the Managing Director of the FremantleMedia owned indie Boundless. Clare Sillery will succeed Holland as Acting Head of Documentaries, while the BBC launches a recruitment process to find a permanent replacement.
“It’s a huge privilege to become Channel Editor of BBC Two. BBC Two is a unique channel, combining wit and warmth with an unrivalled sense of enquiry and intelligence”, said Patrick Holland. “More than ever BBC Two needs to be a place that champions creativity and enables authorship. I am really looking forward to working with Charlotte and the team to build on the channel’s great slate of programmes and shape the next stage of its evolution.”
This is a critical time for BBC Two. The channel has been through two controllers in the past few years and, owing to its ratings success, just lost flagship drama Line Of Duty to BBC One. The channel is also saying goodbye to the Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan starrer The Fall later this year. Other key programmes on the channel’s slate include comedy Upstart Crow, recently renewed for a second season; Peaky Blinders, which has been renewed for a further two seasons; and an adaptation of The Boy With The Top Knot.