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BBC Two is a television channel in the United Kingdom and The Second BBC Channel in the Franchise. It was released on 20 April, 1964, and was the third television channel in the United Kingdom. The channel was published by BBC. BBC Two was channel of the year in 2007. On 17 October 2007, The Virgin Media Version Was Released For The Sky's Virgin Guide On Sky.


This is a list of the controllers of BBC Two.

  • 1964–1965: Michael Peacock
  • 1965–1969: Sir David Attenborough
  • 1969–1974: Robin Scott
  • 1974–1978: Aubrey Singer
  • 1978–1982: Brian Wenham
  • 1982–1987: Graeme MacDonald
  • 1987–1992: Alan Yentob
  • 1992–1996: Michael Jackson
  • 1996–1999: Mark Thompson
  • 1999–2004: Jane Root
  • 2004–2008: Roly Keating
  • 2008–2014: Janice Hadlow
  • 2014–2016: Kim Shillinglaw

As of August 2008, the controller of BBC Two was Roly Keating. He took up the post in June 2004. Keating was formerly the controller of BBC Four. He became controller after Jane Root departed in May 2004 to become the executive vice president and general manager of the US-based Discovery Channel. Jane Root was appointed in 1999 and was the first woman to be appointed controller of a BBC television channel.

On 20 January 2016, Kim Shillinglaw announced that she was leaving the BBC and her job as Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four. As a result of a reorganisation, the position was closed, but it was reopened just over a year later.

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