BBC Four TV Network Gets Editor

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BBC Two and BBC Four controller Janice Hadlow

Cassian Harrison, reporting to BBC Two and Four controller Janice Hadlow, is the latest member of the executive team at the U.K. public broadcaster.

LONDON – The BBC said Wednesday that it has named Cassian Harrison channel editor of its BBC Four network.

Reporting to Janice Hadlow, controller of both BBC Two and BBC Four, he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the channel, which she supervises.

Harrison was previously a commissioning editor in the factual commissioning unit of the BBC, focusing on history, science and natural history content. He has also spent the last year working with the Scottish independent TV sector, helping with supply and strategy issues.

The manager is the latest appointment to the top TV executive team under the leadership of BBC director of television Danny Cohen, who was appointed by new BBC director general Tony Hall earlier this year to oversee all TV output of the broadcaster.

BBC Four has been growing its audience in recent years and has a reputation for often taking a more "quirky" approach to topics. Hadlow has been tasked with keeping it distinct from BBC Two, the British public broadcaster's second-largest channel, while looking for collaboration and coordination opportunities between the two networks.

She recently said that BBC Four tries to "put you in the company of people not everyone has heard of."

"I'm delighted with this appointment and look forward to working closely with Cassian," Hadlow said on Wednesday. "I know that he will ensure that BBC Four remains as distinctive, unique and valued by audiences as it has come to be in recent years."

In recent months Harrison has been working on increasing collaboration between BBC Two and BBC Four across programming, scheduling, marketing and digital initiatives.

Said Harrison: "It's an extraordinary privilege to be given the chance to help run the BBC's best-loved channel. Luckily, I am in the amazing position of being able to build on the legacy of one great BBC Four controller, Richard Klein, whilst having by my side the advice and support of Richard's brilliant predecessor, Janice Hadlow, not to mention a fantastic channel team. I look forward to continuing BBC Four's unrivaled reputation for insightful, surprising and innovative television of every kind."

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