BBC Radio 2’s new controller has been named. Bob Shennan, the former BBC Five Live controller, will take his new role as controller of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music in February and will report to Tim Davie, the BBC’s Director of Audio & Music. He left his previous role at Five Live in 2008 to become Channel 4’s Director of Radio last April. Channel 4 have since backed down on their plans to introduce digital radio.
Tim Davie welcomed the appointment, saying: “Bob is an outstanding leader with extensive radio experience and a proven track record in station management. Bob’s energy, enthusiasm and passion for Radio 2 will ensure that the station remains creative and vibrant, and continues to offer unique programmes to the widest possible audience.”
Bob Shennan said: “Radio 2 is the cornerstone of UK Radio. 6 Music is at the forefront of digital radio. It is a privilege to be asked to lead the extraordinary creative forces of both stations.”
Shennan replaces Lesley Douglas who resigned last October after the infamous prank calls made to Andrew Sachs by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross