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Barbara Slater appointed new Director of BBC Sport

Barbara Slater

Peter Salmon, BBC Director, North, has today, Wednesday 25 February 2009, announced the appointment of Barbara Slater as the new Director of BBC Sport.

Slater is currently Head of Sport Production for BBC and one of Britain's most experienced producers. She has held senior roles for the BBC at many of the biggest sports events in the world, including Wimbledon, the Open and Masters Golf, successive Olympics and Commonwealth Games, the Grand National, Ascot and the Derby.

She will take over the reins from Roger Mosey, who has been appointed as BBC Director of London 2012, to become leader of BBC Sport as it takes on the Winter Olympics, the World Cup and the transition of BBC Sport to its new home in Media City Salford.

Slater, born in Birmingham, gained two degrees from Birmingham and Oxford, and qualified as a PE teacher at Loughborough. An international gymnast, she competed in the 1976 Olympic Games and boasts 20 International Caps.

She started her career with the BBC in 1983 as a trainee Assistant Producer and the following year joined the sports department as an Assistant Producer. She is married with three children.

BBC Sport currently has a large sports rights portfolio including the rights to the World Cup up to and including 2014, the Olympic Games in 2012, Premier League highlights, the Football League and Carling Cup, Six Nations Rugby, Wimbledon and the Open Golf.

Barbara Slater said: "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lead BBC Sport at such an exciting and challenging time, that includes leading the Division to its new home at the heart of BBC North and also ensuring BBC Sport plays its part in making the 2012 Games the success they deserve to be."

Peter Salmon said: "Barbara was the outstanding candidate for the job at one of the most exciting moments in BBC Sport's long and distinguished development.

"Her passion, commitment and skill as a supreme sports producer clinched the role. She will now lead teams who will play a major role in broadcasting the London 2012 Olympics and who already have an exciting roster of sports rights already in the locker – huge events that are at the heart of the BBC's relationship with its audiences.

"This is also the moment BBC Sport itself enters an exciting phase, at the heart of a new family of services, including Radio 5 Live and Children's, that will move to Salford to become a core part of BBC North in 2011.

"We are about to start a new decade of digital sports broadcasting across all our platforms. I am confident Barbara and her teams can lead us there successfully."

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