New job for boss forced to resign from Radio 2

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Less than four weeks after she resigned from the BBC over the Jonathan Ross-Russell Brand affair the former Radio 2 controller Lesley Douglas has found a new job, at Universal Music UK.

Ms Douglas, 45, will become director of programming and business development at the record company, which counts among its artists The Killers, Duffy, and Amy Winehouse. Universal had a 33.5 per cent share of the British music market in the first half of this year. Ms Douglas will join on 8 December and take charge of the company's two-year-old television division, which has produced ITV specials featuring Elton John, Take That and Girls Aloud.

Ms Douglas was among the most senior executives at the BBC and well connected across broadcasting and the music industry. In her roles as controller of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and head of the corporation's pop output, she co-ordinated music coverage across BBC television and radio.

She quit at the end of last month after lewd phone calls by Ross and Brand to the former Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs. Ms Douglas was credited with reviving the fortunes of the station, whose audience of 13 million makes it the most popular in the UK.