Roger Mosey is BBC's editorial director

Roger Mosey Roger Mosey will remain on his current salary of £277,800

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Roger Mosey has been appointed editorial director of the BBC.

In the newly created role, the experienced executive will oversee the BBC's editorial standards and will report to the director general, who is the BBC's editor-in-chief.

The directors in television, radio and news will refer major editorial concerns to Mosey, who will sit on the BBC's management board.

'It is crucial that we dedicate the right amount of skill and expertise to addressing the myriad of editorial challenges that we face across the BBC's output every week,' said Tony Hall, who had to make difficult decisions about the North Korea Panorama and the playing of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead in his first few weeks in the job.

'Roger's experience in News, Sport and most recently Television make him ideally placed to fulfil such an important role as part of my management team.'

Mosey's role will be similar to that carried out by Mark Byford in his capacity as head of journalism, albeit with a wider brief.

The decision to close Byford's post was criticised by a number of commentators during the Pollard review; they believed the lack of a top-level editorial troubleshooter contributed to the BBC's poor handling of the Savile affair.


David Jordan, director editorial policy and standards, will report to Mosey, who has also been asked to co-ordinate pan-BBC editorial collaborations. These will include next year's Commonwealth Games and Scottish Referendum.

Mosey led the corporation's planning of its Olympic and Cultural Olympiad coverage as director of London 2012 before stepping in to be acting director of vision in August after George Entwistle was appointed DG.

Danny Cohen was recently given the job on a permanent basis. Mosey is not thought to have applied.

A former director of sport, who oversaw the coverage of the 2006 World Cup and the Beijing Olympics, Mosey was also editor of Radio 4's Today, head of tv news and controller of 5 live, having joined Radio Lincolnshire as a reporter in 1980.

He takes up his new job with immediate effect.

Salford success

Meanwhile, Peter Salmon will be taking on additional responsibilities to his role as director, BBC North.

He has been asked to extend Salford's successful relationship with partners and audiences to other cities in the English regions. Birmingham and Bristol will be his first priorities.

'Creating long-term relationships with local partners and more meaningful relationships with the audience is a vital part of bringing the BBC into both communities and local economy,' said Hall.

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