Yesterday, it was announced that Barbara Slater is to take over the Director of BBC Sport role, from Roger Mosey. Slater comes from the Head of Sport Production role, and brings plenty of experience looking after Wimbledon, Golf, the Olympics and the Grand National. Mosey is moving on to be Director of London 2012.
The Director of Sport has a lot of challenges ahead, primarily with the intended move from London to the Media City in Salford. There is also the upcoming Winter Olympics, the World Cup, and from this year, the rights to Formula 1.
Before her production roles, Slater worked as a PE teacher, and competed in gymnastics to an international level. She even appeared at the 1976 Olympics.
Of the move, she says:
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead BBC Sport at such an exciting and challenging time, that includes leading the Division to its new home at the heart of BBC North and also ensuring BBC Sport plays its part in making the 2012 Games the success they deserve to be.”