Jonathan Wall appointed Controller for BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra
BBC Radio 5 live
Jonathan Wall has been appointed as Controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra. Based at MediaCityUK, Wall takes up the post immediately, having worked as Acting Controller of the station.
Peter Salmon, Director, BBC North said: "Jonathan has shown enormous commitment to BBC Radio 5 live already and now earns the right to take on one of the best Controller roles in the BBC. He played a crucial role in the highly successful move of the station to Salford and helped build a talent roster and schedule that has just clocked up a record number of successive quarters of over six million listeners. More than anything Jonathan has a passion for R5l's audience and I am certain he is going to make a superb station leader."
As Controller, BBC Radio 5 live, Wall will have overall responsibility for the editorial and strategic direction of both BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra. Reporting to Peter Salmon, he will sit on the BBC North board as well as the BBC Radio Board.
Jonathan Wall began his career at BBC Radio Humberside before moving into BBC Sport. He later became Editor, 5live Sport before being appointed Deputy Controller and Commissioning Editor, 5 live, in July 2008.
Jonathan Wall commented: “It's a privilege to be given this opportunity - for me 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. We have the potential to build on all of that and grow even stronger. I want to wake up every day knowing we are delivering live radio that you don't hear anywhere else in the UK. We will look to make a bigger impact with our news journalism and continue to bring people together for major events off and on air. I have a wonderfully committed and supportive team to help achieve all this with and am looking forward to getting started.'
He replaces Adrian van Klaveren who has taken over responsibility for the BBC’s forthcoming coverage of the centenary of the First World War.
In January 2013, BBC Radio 5 live recorded a reach of 6.12 million, up slightly from 6.10m the previous quarter. It was the sixteenth consecutive quarter that R5l has recorded reach figures of more than six million. Its sister station, BBC Radio 5 sports extra recorded a 37.5% year-on-year growth to reach 847,000 listeners a week, slightly down from its record Olympic quarter of one million but an increase from 616,000 last year.
The station played a pivotal role in the BBC's much-praised coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics with nearly 8 million listeners enjoying the action on 5 live, 5 live sports extra and 5 live Olympics Extra. Each year over 20 different sports are covered live on 5 live and 5 live sports extra ranging from Premier League football to Test Match Cricket and from Athletics to American Football. Sporting highlights over the next 18 months include home and away Ashes test series, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the World Cup in Brazil.
Earlier this week BBC Radio 5 live signed a new deal through to 2016 to bring racing coverage starting with the Cheltenham Festival in March 2013.