Richard Henry Klein
is the controller of BBC Four
BBC Four is a British television network operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation and available to digital television viewers on Freeview, IPTV, satellite and cable....
. He became controller in 2008, taking over from Janice Hadlow
Janice Hadlow is a British television executive. She is the current controller of the BBC television channel BBC Two, taking over this position in November 2008 having previously been controller of BBC Four....
, who went on to be Controller of BBC Two
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He was born in Burwash Common in Sussex (now in East Sussex
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) to Hans Klein and Bernadine Thorne. He attended Prior Park College
Prior Park College is a Roman Catholic co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils.It is situated on a hill overlooking the city of Bath, in Somerset, in south-west England...
, a Roman Catholic independent school near Bath in Somerset.
From the University of Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen, an ancient university founded in 1495, in Aberdeen, Scotland, is a British university. It is the third oldest university in Scotland, and the fifth oldest in the United Kingdom and wider English-speaking world...
he gained an MA in English
in 1983. From City University London he gained a Diploma of Journalism
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He was a Director on Weekend World
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London Weekend Television was the name of the ITV network franchise holder for Greater London and the Home Counties including south Suffolk, middle and east Hampshire, Oxfordshire, south Bedfordshire, south Northamptonshire, parts of Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Warwickshire, east Dorset and...
He joined the BBC in 1996 as a current affairs producer director, having worked as a freelancer for some years before. From 2005-7 he was a Commissioning Editor for documentaries; most output of BBC Four comprises documentaries. He was replaced by Charlotte Moore. From 2007-8 he was Head of Independent Commissioning for Factual TV, of the BBC.
He became Controller of BBC Four in December 2008.
In November 2009, his salary was revealed by the BBC to be £195,000