Richard Klein (TV)

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Richard Klein
Born Richard Henry Klein
(1958-10-12) 12 October 1958 (age 58)
Burwash Common, Sussex
Occupation Television executive
Salary £195,000[1]
Term 2008–
Predecessor Janice Hadlow
Successor Incumbent
Spouse(s) Divorced
Children 1 daughter

Richard Henry Klein (born 12 October 1958) is the former controller of BBC Four.[2] He became controller in 2008, taking over from Janice Hadlow, who became Controller of BBC Two.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Burwash Common in Sussex (now in East Sussex) to Hans Klein and Bernadine Thorne. He attended Prior Park College, a Roman Catholic independent school near Bath in Somerset.

From the University of Aberdeen he gained an MA in English in 1983, and from City University London he gained a Diploma of Journalism[3] in 1985.


He was a director on Weekend World on LWT from 1987 to 1990.


He joined the BBC in 1996 as a current affairs producer director, having worked as a freelancer for some years before. From 2005 to 2007 he was a commissioning editor for documentaries; most output of BBC Four comprises documentaries. He was succeeded by Charlotte Moore. From 2007 to 2008 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.

Personal life[edit]

He has one daughter, and is divorced.


  1. ^ BBC Structure
  2. ^ "Richard Klein named new Controller of BBC Four" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 24 November 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Journalism

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Preceded by
Janice Hadlow
Controller of BBC Four
Succeeded by
Kim Shillinglaw