Mark Damazer To Exit BBC 4
April 14, 2010 at 4:16 AM (PT)
BBC RADIO 4 Controller MARK DAMAZER will leave the broadcaster for an academic post, reports THE GUARDIAN. DAMAZER, who has run RADIO 4 since 2004 and was previously deputy director of BBC NEWS, is to become the head of ST PETER'S COLLEGE at OXFORD UNIVERSITY.
"Those inside the BBC who may take over DAMAZER's role include GRAHAM ELLIS, the controller of production and director of audio and music, GEORGE ENTWISTLE, the controller of BBC Knowledge, RICHARD KLEIN, the controller of BBC4, and MOHIT BAKAYA, the Radio 4 commissioner of specialist factual programmes," says the report..
DAMAZER said on the BBC blog, "I hope very much that I have left RADIO 4 in good shape for whoever is lucky enough to be asked to run it, and what will become RADIO 4 EXTRA (now RADIO 7) if the Trust approves our plans -- though in the end that is a judgment for you -- the audience. I am acutely aware that not all of you, by any stretch of the imagination, will approve of everything I have done. And there will be some of you who think I have got it mostly wrong -- but when I listen to the programmes I am often moved, excited, amused or thrilled by what I hear."