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BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow gets new role

Janice Hadlow
Image caption Janice Hadlow took over BBC Two in 2008 after four years running BBC Four

BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow, who commissioned shows like Miranda and The Great British Bake-Off, is to step down from the post after five years.

Mrs Hadlow will take up a new role in charge of "special projects and seasons" at the corporation.

Her plans include seasons about popular music, literature and women's history.

She will "build an intellectually ambitious and exciting creative story for the BBC in the coming years", a statement said.

Mrs Hadlow said: "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."

'Creatively enriched'

She took over the channel in 2008 after four years in charge of BBC Four. She assumed joint control of both BBC Two and BBC Four last year.

Other shows launched on BBC Two during her tenure include Twenty Twelve, The Wrong Mans, The Fall, The Hollow Crown and Stargazing Live.

In her new role, she will advise other BBC television executives on broadcasting strategy as well as developing major new seasons and strands.

BBC director of television Danny Cohen said she had "creatively enriched BBC Two and ensured it remains a competitive force to be reckoned with".

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