Mosey leaves TV news to be BBC director of sport

By Alyson Fixter

Roger Mosey, the BBC’s head of TV news for five years, has been appointed the broadcaster’s director of sport.

He takes on the post in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics and
prior to the planned relocation of the entire sports department to
Manchester in 2009.

Mosey replaces Peter Salmon, who left to
become chief executive of independent producer The Television
Corporation in April, and will be replaced by deputy Rachel Attwell
until a permanent replacement is found.

BBC director general Mark
Thompson said: “Sport is fundamental to what the BBC is about, and we
are committed to bringing the big national sporting moments to the UK.

“Roger
Mosey’s experience and passion will be invaluable in leading the sport
division through its imminent and long-term challenges.”

Mosey,
who has edited the Today programme and been controller of Radio Five
Live, said: “I’m delighted to be moving to BBC Sport at such an
exciting time, after the London Olympics decision and with the World
Cup and Commonwealth Games coming up next year.

“I grew up
listening to and watching BBC Sport, and I loved my time on Radio Five
Live. It’s essential for the BBC that it’s the place people come to for
big national sports moments, and I know BBC Sport will continue to
deliver that with style.”

Mosey has been passed over for a few
high-profile jobs in the past year, including director of news, which
was given to Helen Boaden, and Radio 4 controller.

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