Kim Shillinglaw appointed controller of BBC2 and BBC4

The Corporation's science and natural history commissioner will take over from Janice Hadlow

Kim Shillinglaw has been announced as the new controller of BBC2 and BBC4, taking over from Janice Hadlow who stood down from the role earlier this year to move to a new special projects post.


Shillinglaw leaves her role as the Corporation’s head of science and natural history commissioning, in which she oversaw shows including Stargazing, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, the 50th anniversary Doctor Who Lecture, David Attenborough’s Africa and his Bafta-winning Frozen Planet, as well as Royal Television Society Award-winning factual drama The Challenger, kids’ favourite Horrible Histories and the upcoming Castles in the Sky, about the race to invent Radar.

Shillinglaw will drive the creative and strategic direction of BBC2 and will also work with BBC4 editor Cassian Harrison “to ensure the two channels are well-aligned”, according to a statement. Shillinglaw will also take a place on the BBC Television Board.

She said: “BBC2 has always been one of the most creative channels in the world, with a huge range of quality programming. I’m delighted and honoured by the prospect of working with the best of our British talent and programme makers; I look forward to taking it and BBC4 to the next phase of great, thought-provoking and lively TV for British audiences.”

BBC director of television Danny Cohen added: “Kim has proved herself to be an exceptional creative at the BBC. She has an eye for scale and the bigger picture and seeks out distinctive, high-quality ideas. BBC2 is in fantastic shape and I’m looking forward to seeing the channel blossom further under Kim’s leadership.”