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Mosey handed BBC editorial brief

The mastermind of the BBC’s London Olympics coverage Roger Mosey is moving into the newly created role of editorial director, while the remit of BBC North’s director is being extended.

Mosey will report to BBC director general Tony Hall, who has created the new position to oversee the BBC’s editorial standards and the planning of significant pan-corporation events.

The corporation said Mosey will take the lead in handling major editorial issues as they arise, working alongside the new divisional directors in TV, radio and news as well as sitting on the BBC management board.

The troubleshooting role is designed to address communication failings identified by the Pollard Review into the way the BBC handled the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

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 its output.”

Mosey, formerly the BBC’s director of sport, moved from his job as director of London 2012 to be acting head of BBC Television when George Entwistle stepped up for a short-lived spell as director general last year.

The director of Vision role has now been renamed director of BBC Television and given to former BBC1 controller Danny Cohen.

In related news, director of BBC North Peter Salmon, who Cohen pipped to the director of BBC Television job, is having his role extended.

Salmon will lead the divisions based at the pubcaster’s new Media City base in Manchester, working with regional managers on the partner and audience relationship building already in place in the north to other cities in the UK.


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