The BBC’s new Editorial Director Roger Mosey has been appointed as Chair of Bishop Grosseteste University’s Council.

Mr Mosey, who was recently appointed to lead major editorial projects and issues across TV, radio and online at the BBC, takes over from Haydn Beeken as chair of the university’s equivalent of a company board.

In doing so he will be renewing old associations with the city of Lincoln: his BBC career began in 1980 when he joined BBC Radio Lincolnshire as a reporter.

“It’s a great honour for me to be asked to serve as Chair of the Council at Bishop Grosseteste University,” he said.

“I feel a very close affinity for the city of Lincoln, having begun my BBC career just a short walk from the university campus. I’m a believer in the enormous value of education and I’m looking forward to contributing to the development of Bishop Grosseteste University, which is a unique and precious institution.”

The Reverend Professor Peter Neil, Vice Chancellor at BGU, welcomed Mr Mosey’s appointment as a sign of the university’s growing stature locally and nationally.

“Roger Mosey is a distinguished and award-winning broadcaster and a hugely influential figure in the UK media,” he said.

“We are delighted that he will be leading the University Council as we begin the next phase of our development.”

Roger Mosey was born in Bradford in 1958 and began his career in broadcasting when he joined Pennine Radio in his home city as a Community Affairs Producer.

He has been Editor of the BBC’s flagship Radio 4 Today programme, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, Head of BBC Television News and most recently the BBC’s Director of London 2012 responsible for the corporation’s widely acclaimed coverage of the 2012 Games.

He also led coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, brought Formula One racing back to terrestrial BBC TV and recruited James Naughtie as a presenter on the Today programme.

Mr Beeken steps down as Chair at the conclusion of the maximum eight years of service on the Council. Professor Neil added “The university is enormously grateful to Haydn Beeken for his skilful chairing of the Council and his committed contribution to the development of the university.”

The University Council has ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the university. It operates under the Instrument and Articles of Government for the university.

It has a number of responsibilities, including:
o the character of the institution as a Church of England university
o the determination of the educational character and mission of the university
o the effective and efficient use of resources
o approving annual estimates of income and expenditure
o the appointment of the Vice Chancellor and senior staff

The Chair of the University Council is an unpaid role.

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4th June 2013