Lesley Douglas, who quit as controller of BBC AC station Radio 2 last month, has joined Universal Music U.K. as director of programming and business development. Her appointment becomes effective on Dec. 8 and she will report to chairman David Joseph and work with Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grange.

Douglas resigned from the BBC after 23 years on Oct. 30, following the controversial airing of a pre-recorded show featuring presenters Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross. This month BBC management said there had been failures in editorial judgement, which allowed the pair's comments regarding the granddaughter of "Fawlty Towers" actor Andrew Sachs to be broadcast and resulted in more than 40,000 complaints.

Universal Music said Douglas’ appointment to the newly created role signals a widening of its ambitions in TV, following the 2006 launch of Globe Productions, a division focused on creating both new television formats and TV platforms for its artists. So far, the division's output has included a Paul Weller BBC documentary, Bebo online drama "The Secret World of Sam King" and specials for ITV featuring Elton John, Girls Aloud and Take That.

As well as music, Globe's expanded remit under Douglas will include dramas and comedies across all media. She will also oversee Universal Music's U.K. business development strategy, including non-traditional artist rights, sponsorships and strategic marketing partnerships. The company's recently worked on the pairing of Take That with retailer Marks & Spencer.

Universal Music U.K. said Douglas will be working closely with artists across its roster, including Duffy, Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, Mika, Razorlight, Keane, James Morrison, Girls Aloud and Take That.

"Our company and our artists have worked with Lesley for many years, over which time we have built huge respect and trust for her as a broadcaster and above all as someone who lives and breathes music," said David Joseph in a statement. "She has an exceptional rapport with artists and is simply one of the best media executives and leaders in the business."

Douglas added: "Over the past few years I have loved working closely with the music industry and the musicians within it. Being given the opportunity to work closely with the breadth of artists across Universal Music is a brilliant opportunity. It is an exciting, dynamic company and I am delighted to have been asked to join them."

Douglas was controller of Radio 2 and modern rock digital station 6 Music for the past five years. Radio 2 is the most popular station in the U.K. with an audience reach of 13.06 million, according to official research body RAJAR.

Her role at the BBC was expanded in May 2007 when she was appointed the Corporation's first controller of popular music, in charge of co-ordinating the popular music output produced across the various BBC platforms.