BBC Removes BBC Four Controller Role

The editorial leadership of the U.K. public broadcaster's arts channel will go to Janice Hadlow, who adds it to her BBC Two controller duties.

LONDON  -- BBC director of television Danny Cohen has implemented some management changes at the British public broadcaster, opting not to choose another BBC Four controller following the departure of Richard Klein from the arts channel.

Cohen said Janice Hadlow will officially take on editorial leadership for BBC Four, in addition to her current role as controller of BBC Two.

The BBC plans to create a new role -- BBC Four channel editor -- to work alongside Hadlow to "ensure that BBC Four retains its distinctive tone and content."

Hadlow has been leading both channels on a temporary basis since Klein’s departure in May.

Cohen said he was "keen for BBC Two and BBC Four to collaborate more across their programs, scheduling, marketing and digital innovation."

Whoever lands the new role at BBC Four will report to Hadlow and be tasked with providing day-to-day management of the channel and its commissioning while "growing its own distinctive tone, character and output," Cohen said.