MEDIA: BBC boosts sports with key hires

The BBC has made a raft of appointments designed to bolster its

sport department.

Director of sport Peter Salmon has made three key hires. He has promoted

Dave Gordon, currently executive editor of TV sport, to be head of major

events. The 22-year-old corporation veteran is now tasked with

co-ordinating coverage of the Olympics, Paralympics and the Commonwealth


Salmon has also appointed executive golf producer Barbara Slater as head

of programmes and planning. The former Olympic gymnast will oversee the

BBC's team of sports editors with the aim of bringing 'technical and

editorial innovation' to each. Her background includes a stint directing

coverage of the Wimbledon tennis tournament and the London Marathon.

The third major appointment is Pat Younge, commissioning editor,

multicultural programmes at Channel 4. In a former spell at the BBC he

served as deputy editor of Here and Now and Black Britain. In that post

he won a Royal Television Society Award for a film on the Stephen

Lawrence case.

As BBC Sport's new head of programmes and planning, Younge will lead the

operation of Grandstand, the BBC's long-form weekend sports


All three staff will report directly to Salmon. They bring to six the

editorial heads working to him. The others are; Niall Sloane, head of

football and boxing; Gordon Turnbull, head of radio sport; and Andrew

Thompson, head of new media, sports news and development.

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