BBC Editorial Director Announces Departure Less Than Two Months After Promotion

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LONDON – Roger Mosey, who was named editorial director of the BBC less than two months ago after earning positive reviews for his role as the U.K. public broadcaster's director of London 2012 Olympics coverage, will leave the company after more than 30 years.

The BBC said Tuesday that Mosey was departing to become master of Selwyn College, part of the University of Cambridge.

Described in The Guardian as a "BBC lifer," Mosey was appointed to his current role as part of new BBC director general Tony Hall's executive shake-up, which gave him a seat on the BBC’s new management board. Mosey was tasked with overseeing the public broadcaster's editorial standards and the planning of coverage of major events.

Mosey was the BBC’s director for London 2012, after which he became acting director of BBC Vision.

Prior to the Olympics, Mosey's BBC career boasted stints as director of sport, head of television news, controller of Radio Five Live and editor of the influential Today program on BBC Radio 4.

He was among the names hotly tipped for the job Hall landed after the previous director general George Entwistle resigned in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

Mosey is due to leave the BBC at the end of August, opening up a big vacancy at Hall's evolving BBC.

The outgoing executive  said: "I have hugely enjoyed my time at the BBC in which London 2012 was the obvious highlight; and I feel privileged to have worked with so many talented people over the years. I'm thrilled about taking up the role at Selwyn College, though it's sad that I couldn't spend more time working with Tony Hall - a former boss of mine - now that he's Director-General and has made such a strong start in that role."

Hall added: "Roger has made a huge contribution to the BBC over many years and we'll all miss him hugely. I first met him when he edited the Today program (a long time ago) and since then, he's had a succession of wonderful jobs, latterly running the BBC's brilliant coverage of the Olympics. We all owe him a huge amount and wish him well at Cambridge."

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