Janice Hadlow steps down as controller of BBC Two, BBC Four

Rebecca Hawkes | 12-02-2014

Janice Hadlow, former controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, is to take up a new position overseeing the British broadcaster's special projects and seasons. Her replacement has not yet been named.

Hadlow will now "develop and originate high impact cross-platform series, seasons and other major television events" in addition to advising "Danny Cohen and the channel controllers on broadcast strategy", a BBC statement said. It added that forthcoming projects she would work on include a range of programmes on pop music, and seasons focusing on literature and women's history.

"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. Janice truly understands how to make the popular good and the good popular," said Danny Cohen, director, BBC Television.

Hadlow has been controller of BBC Two since 2008 and joint controller of BBC Two and BBC Four since 2013. Most recently under her watch, BBC Two won Channel of the Year at both the Broadcast Awards (2013) and MGEITF (2012). BBC Two also won BAFTAs in 2013 for 7/7, Murder, Twenty Twelve and Great British Bake Off and RTS Awards for eight programmes including Lucien Freud: Painted Life, The Hollow Crown, Twenty Twelve and Protecting Our Children.

"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," said Janice Hadlow.

Before taking the helm at BBC Two, Hadlow was controller of BBC Four. Prior to that she was head of specialist factual at Channel 4 Television.