Keating to take over as controller of BBC Two

BBC Four controller Roly Keating is poised for a terrestrial transfer after being appointed controller of BBC Two last week.

Founder producer and then editor of the BBC Two arts and culture programme The Late Show, Keating will take up his new role next month following the departure of Jane Root for the Discovery Channel in the US.

Keating said of his appointment: “BBC Two is the channel of record of British culture and being asked to take leadership of it is an honour and, frankly, a bit daunting.” Keating joined the BBC as a general trainee in 1983 and as a producer and director in music and arts, went on to make documentary films for Omnibus, Bookmark and Arena.

He was editor of Bookmark from 1992 to 1997, winning the Huw Wheldon Award for Best Arts Programme in 1993, and launched the BBC Two heritage series One Foot in the Past the same year.

By Wale Azeez

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