Roger Mosey named BBC editorial director

Roger Mosey Roger Mosey oversaw the BBC's London 2012 coverage

The BBC has appointed Roger Mosey to the new post of editorial director, the corporation has announced.

In the role, Mr Mosey will oversee the BBC's editorial standards and planning of major news and sports events.

BBC director general Tony Hall said Mr Mosey would lead on "major editorial issues which require escalation beyond the divisions".

Mr Mosey was formerly the acting director of Vision after heading up the BBC's London 2012 coverage.

Having joined the BBC in 1980, he has also previously been editor of Radio 4's Today, controller of 5 live, head of television news and director of sport.

As the BBC's editor-in-chief, its director general has always needed someone to take care of 'editorial issues'. Given the other major responsibilities of the job, the DG cannot realistically keep across all the editorial challenges - even when, as in Tony Hall's case, he is a former director of BBC News.

Roger Mosey has now taken on this 'troubleshooting' role, with the title of editorial director. Others have had different titles. Mark Byford, who most recently held this responsibility, was also deputy director general. It has been suggested that if he had still been in the job, the corporation's recent scandals might have been lessened or even avoided.

Mr Mosey will not be deputy director general - he is not even on the BBC's executive board, though he will attend its meetings - but he is hugely experienced and will play a powerful and crucial role in BBC decision-making.

He will now work alongside the heads of BBC News, Television and Radio in the new post, which is aimed at addressing the issues exposed by the Pollard review into the BBC's handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

On Mr Mosey's appointment, Lord Hall said: "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.

"Roger's experience in news and sport, including leading our Olympics coverage, and most recently television, make him ideally placed to fulfil this role."

Mr Mosey will take up the role immediately and will remain on his current total salary of £277,800.

It has also been announced that BBC Four controller Richard Klein is leaving after four years running the channel to join ITV as its director of factual.

In an email to staff, BBC director of television Danny Cohen thanked him for his "very great contribution" since joining in 1996.

Mr Klein, he said, would leave the BBC immediately "because of obvious sensitivities" with him joining a rival broadcaster.

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