Roger Mosey appointed BBC editorial director

The BBC announced on Tuesday that the architect of their London Olympics coverage, Roger Mosey, was appointed as editorial director. 

Mosey, who has been operating as acting director of television since August, will take a leading role in all editorial decisions across the BBC’s television, radio and news divisions.

However, he will not be as senior in the BBC’s hierarchy as James Harding, Helen Boaden or Danny Cohen – the recently appointed directors of news, radio and TV respectively.

His appointment comes after a series of scandals that have rocked the corporation, and attempt to fix the failings exposed by the Pollard review into the BBC’s handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Mosey will report to the director general, Tony Hall, in a role which has been vacant since Mark Byford left over two years ago. Speaking about the appointment, director general Hall said: “It is crucial that the BBC dedicates the right amount of time, skill and expertise to addressing the myriad of editorial challenges that we face across the BBC’s output.

“Roger’s experience in news, sport and most recently television make him ideally placed to fulfill such an important role as part of my management team.”

The BBC also announced that Peter Salmon, the director of BBC North, has been given more responsibilities to his current role in leading the divisions based at the corporation’s new Salford base. Salmon oversaw the move of thousands of staff from London to the corporation’s new media center at Salford Quays in May, 2011.

Salmon will be charged with strengthening the BBC’s relationship with audiences across all the English regions. Hall added: “I am delighted that Peter will be taking an extended role in addition to leading BBC North. Creating long-term relationships with local partners and more meaningful relationships with the audience is a vital part of bringing the BBC into both communities and local economy.”

Mosey oversaw the BBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics in London and in Bejing in 2008. He previously edited BBC Radio 4’s Today program and was the mastermind behind the coverage of the 2006 Football World Cup.

(Sources: MediaGuardian, BBC)




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