Mark Damazer has been appointed Controller of BBC Radio
4 and BBC 7.
He is currently Deputy Director of BBC News.
He says: "Being Controller of Radio 4 is the best job in broadcasting
and I am privileged to be given the opportunity of working with so many
talented and creative people.
"Radio 4 is in terrific shape and my challenge is to cherish it,
sustain it and make sure it remains the home for intelligence, flair
"BBC 7 has already made a name for itself and I hope to see it
become a must for those who value the BBC's storehouse of drama and
Jenny Abramsky, Director of Radio & Music, says: "Mark is a passionate
listener and supporter of Radio 4.
"When you talk to him you realise it's in his blood. I'm sure
he will build on Helen Boaden's success and take Radio 4 and BBC 7 to
As Head of Political Programmes from 1998 to 2000, Mark was in charge
of a wide variety of programmes including Yesterday In Parliament and
The Westminster Hour.
As a previous Head of Current Affairs, he has also been responsible
for File On 4, From Our Own Correspondent and a whole range of Radio
4 documentaries and short series.
He took on the extra duties as Assistant Director, BBC News in 1999
and became Deputy Director in 2001.
Mark was born in 1955 and educated at Cambridge where he gained a Double
Starred First in History.
He was awarded the Harkness Fellowship to Harvard University.
He is a Board Member of the Institute of Contemporary British History
and the Carl Rosa Opera.
Mark is married with two children.
Mark Damazer succeeds Helen Boaden, who is now Director of BBC News.
Notes to Editors
BBC Radio 4 is currently Sony UK Station of the Year, for the second
It has 9.51 million listeners and has an 11 per cent share of listening
(Rajar Quarter 2 2004).
BBC 7 is the newest digital radio network offering comedy, drama and
readings from the archives and children's programmes including Big Toe,
the daily live magazine programme.