Jonathan Wall to be Radio 5 live controller

Jonathan Wall Jonathan Wall started his career at BBC Radio Humberside

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Jonathan Wall has been appointed as controller of Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra.

He starts his role with immediate effect, having acted up since the recent departure of Adrian van Klaveren.

Based at Salford, Wall will have overall responsibility for the stations' editorial and strategic direction and report to BBC North director Peter Salmon, as well as sit on the BBC Radio board.

He started his career at BBC Radio Humberside before joining BBC Sport.

He then became editor of Radio 5 live Sport before being appointed as the station's deputy controller and commissioning editor in 2008.

"Bigger impact"

Wall described his new post as "the best job in British radio".

"I inherit a station in good health after the successful move to Salford and the wonderful London 2012 coverage."

He said the station, which reaches more than six million listeners every week, will seek a "bigger impact with our news journalism and continue to bring people together for major events".

Salmon said: "Jonathan has shown enormous commitment to Radio 5 live already and now earns the right to take on one of the best controller roles in the BBC.

"More than anything he has a passion for 5 live's audience and I am certain he is going to make a superb station leader."

Radio 5 live recently signed a four-year deal on racing coverage, which starts with the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Former station boss Adrian Van Klaveren is currently coordinating the BBC's coverage of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

He left 5 live in December after a BBC review into the Newsnight report that led to a former senior Conservative politician being wrongly implicated in child abuse.

Van Klaveren supervised the broadcast on November 2 last year, after he was assigned to oversee BBC News coverage of the scandal surrounding the late presenter Jimmy Savile.

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