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BBC Promotes London 2012 Director Roger Mosey

Mark Thompson
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The man who has steered the public broadcaster's Olympics coverage will become acting director of BBC Vision, replacing George Entwistle, who is taking over the BBC as director general.

LONDON -- BBC director of London 2012 Roger Mosey is being promoted to the role of acting director of BBC Vision.

Mosey is currently responsible for all the Olympics coverage unfolding on British TV screens. In his new role, he will replace George Entwistle, who steps down to step up as he starts his job as BBC director general in September.

BBC Vision is a department of the pubcaster that incorporates program commissioning and production operations and broadcast operation, including BBC Television. Mosey, a BBC executive for more than 15 years, will take up the post Aug. 20, without much of a break after the London Olympics finish Aug. 12.

In a memo to BBC staff, Entwistle said he was delighted Mosey accepted the role offered to him by Entwistle and outgoing BBC director general Mark Thompson.

"He is an enormous supporter of BBC television and will bring a wealth of top-flight editorial judgment and experience to bear on the job," Entwistle said.

According to Entwistle, Mosey is a man to be trusted with BBC Vision, having "carried for longer than anyone the burden of knowing it really was Her Majesty the Queen who was going to turn around in our mini Bond film."

Prior to taking on the Olympics, Mosey's BBC career boasts 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.

Mosey will be succeeded by Dave Gordon as director of London 2012, with Gordon charged with leading all the BBC teams covering the Paralympics, which start Aug. 29.

The process to recruit a permanent director of vision will begin once Entwistle officially begins his director general role in September.

Thompson said, "George and I have agreed that it makes sense for him to step down as director of Vision later in August so that he can concentrate on preparation for the director general handover."