|Broadcast area||Nationwide. Also widely available in Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands.|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Sister channels||BBC One|
|Launched||21 April 1964|
|Former names||BBC2 (21 April 1964 – 4 October 1997)|
|Channel 20 (HD)|
|Virgin Media (UK and Ireland)|
|Astra 2E (28.2°E)|
|BBC iPlayer||Watch live (UK only)|
BBC Two is a television channel in the United Kingdom. It began broadcasting on 20 April 1964, and was the third television channel in the United Kingdom. BBC Two was also the first channel in the whole of Europe to change to colour in 1967.
Controllers[change | change source]
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. 
References[change | change source]
- "BBC Two 2015 with 90s idents: NEW: Dragons Den ident with a nod to the past - Page 118 - Post 1050123 - TV Forum". tvforum.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
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