Loy­alty was her un­do­ing

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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.

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