Loyalty was her undoing
UNDER Lesley Douglas, Radio 2 was transformed from a safe, reliable station into the most popular music network on the airways.
By mixing stalwarts such as Terry Wogan and Steve Wright with more edgy stars like Chris Evans, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, Radio 2’s popularity grew.
But while she broadened the general appeal of the station, critics claim she took too many risks.
Douglas, 45, who is married with two children, joined the BBC in 1986, moving to Radio 2 in 1990. She was appointed Controller of the station in October 2003. Since she took over, Radio 2 has been voted Radio Station Of The Year and has consistently enjoyed record audiences.
But loyalty to her colleagues has proved her undoing. While Ross may survive the lewd phone call scandal, she has paid the price for the childish behaviour of two of her star appointments.