Roger Mosey to leave the BBC

Roger Mosey Mosey will swap broadcasting for academia

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Roger Mosey is to leave the BBC later this summer.

The BBC's editorial director tweeted on Tuesday that he will end his long career at the Corporation after being appointed the next Master of Selwyn College at Cambridge University.

The decision comes just a month or so after he became editorial director - a newly-created position in which he oversees the BBC's editorial standards and reports to the director general.

Tony Hall said at the time that Mosey - who will not receive any severance pay-off - was 'ideally placed' to carry out the 'important' top-level troubleshooter role which was created in the wake of editorial failings related to the Jimmy Savile affair.

One of the BBC's most experienced executives, Mosey was director of 2012, leading the planning of all Olympic and Cultural coverage, before stepping in to be acting director of vision last August after George Entwistle was appointed DG.

'Huge contribution'

Hall paid tribute to his departing colleague who he said had made 'a huge contribution to the BBC over many years'.

Mosey returned the compliment, saying he was 'sad' he couldn't spend more time working for a DG who had 'made such a strong start in that role'.

'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,' he added.

Mosey's new position in academia - which he will take up on October 1 - will see the Oxford graduate head a Cambridge college that is home to around 360 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate students, drawn from universities all over the world.

Its former students include actor Hugh Laurie, barrister and television presenter Clive Anderson, MP John Gummer and writer Robert Harris.

'This is an incredibly strong college academically in one of the great universities of the world, and I want to make sure we maintain its best traditions as well as sharing its values with new generations,' said Mosey, who succeeds Professor Richard Bowring.

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

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