(born 1958) is a British
broadcasting executive who has served as Head of BBC
Television News and BBC's Director of Sport. He took up the role in August 2005.
His previous jobs include being Editor of Today on BBC Radio 4; Controller of BBC Radio Five Live; and, most recently, Head of BBC Television News.
He was born in Bradford
in 1958 and educated at Bradford Grammar School
, followed by Wadham College, Oxford
, where he received a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages. He appeared on 'University Challenge' in 1978, representing Wadham College, Oxford. After university he joined Pennine Radio, Bradford, as a Community Affairs Producer; and his BBC career began in 1980 when he joined BBC Radio Lincolnshire
as a reporter. His first job in network radio was on The Week In Westminster, and he then moved to Today Programme
as a producer and to the BBC's New York bureau before becoming editor of PM in 1987.
He was editor of Radio 4's Today Programme
from March 1993 until his appointment as Controller of BBC Radio Five Live
at the beginning of 1997. Under his editorship, Today Programme
won Sony Gold Awards in 1994 and 1995, a British Environment & Media Award and was named Radio Programme of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild in 1995.
BBC Radio Five Live was named the Sony National Radio Station of the Year 1998; and BBC Television News won a number of Royal Television Society awards for journalism - including Programme of the Year for Newsnight (2002) and the Ten O'Clock News (2004). The Ten O'Clock News also received BAFTA awards in both 2004 and 2005.
He recruited James Naughtie to join the Today presenting team and introduced Nicky Campbell, Victoria Derbyshire and Richard Littlejohn to Five Live.
He brought Dermot Murnaghan and Natasha Kaplinsky to the BBC to present Breakfast.
As Head of Sport he axed Grandstand after 48 years on screen and is overseeing the move to Manchester in 2010
His interests include football - he is a Bradford City fan - movies, and reading thrillers and political biographies.