Janice Hadlow departs BBC

Former BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow has become the latest executive to leave the corporation
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Former BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow has become the latest executive to leave the corporation.

Hadlow, who has worked at the BBC for almost 30 years, has held post of controller of special projects and seasons since 2014.

The BBC has stated that it is not looking to fill the position, and is shutting down the post.

Hadlow follows Kim Shillinglaw, the controller of BBC2 and BBC4, director of television Danny Cohen, and former creative director executive Alan Yentob in leaving their positions.

The latest departure reportedly means the BBC will collectively save almost £1 million in salaries, as the corporation continues to make cuts towards its £700 million annual target.

“I have had a wonderful career at the BBC, where I have been lucky enough to work with very talented people on a host of exciting programmes,” said Hadlow.

“I was pleased to be able to see my final project, Civilisations, through a period of development to the point where it is about to begin filming.

“It is always hard to say goodbye, but this feels the right moment for me to take my leave. I wish it, and all the colleagues with whom I have so enjoyed working, the very best of luck for the future.”

Hadlow was responsible for hits such as the Great British Bake Off, The Fall and Line of Duty.

In her latest role, her main project has been Civilisations, the BBC’s remake of Kenneth Clark’s 1969 series exploring the history of art from the dawn of human history.

“I would like to thank Janice for her work in developing Civilisations and for her wider contribution to the BBC,” said Mark Linsey, acting director of television.

“Janice has worked for the BBC in a range of roles, including controller of BBC4, where she grew the channel’s reach, share and reputation, and BBC2, where she oversaw a resurgence in specialist factual, comedy and drama. She leaves with our best wishes.”

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