Jonathan Wall appointed Commissioning Editor, BBC 5 Live

Jonathan Wall has been appointed Commissioning Editor of BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra. He will start his new role later this summer.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and a real privilege to play an even bigger part in 5 Live’s development. We have a strong radio station which is performing well, but my job is to help make it even stronger over the next three years to prepare for the move up to Salford.It is an important radio station in the lives of millions of people across the UK. I want to make it even more important to them, and to attract new listeners who we haven’t reached yet ,” Jonathan Wall said.

Currently Editor of 5 Live Sport, Jonathan oversees coverage of all the live sport and sports news programmes produced by BBC radio sport, and is a key member of 5 Live’s editorial team, playing an integral role in the station’s overall development.

He has an outstanding track record as a programme editor shaping 5 Live’s coverage of major events including the World Cup, Olympic Games, the Grand National and Wimbledon.

Jonathan, 35, has been in the BBC since 1994.He started as a sports producer at BBC Radio Humberside before working as a producer at 5 Live on programmes including Any Sporting Questions, Sportsweek and 5 Live Sport.

Jonathan will have a key role alongside 5 Live Controller Adrian Van Klaveren in shaping the future of the station. His remit will include implementing 5 Live’s ongoing strategy, and managing programming, talent and editorial issues to ensure both 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra meet current and future audience needs.

Adrian Van Klaveren says: “Jonathan already has an outstanding track record as a 5 Live editor, producing innovative programmes and helping the station’s overall development.He will now have a key role alongside me in shaping 5 Live’s future and I very much look forward to him bringing his creativity and commitment to 5 Live’s senior management team.”

BBC Radio 5 Live is the home of live news and sport. Combined with its digital sister station 5 Live Sports Extra it has 6.09 million listeners with a 4.7% share of listening (RAJAR quarter 1 2008) and boasts an unrivalled portfolio of sports commentary rights. These include FA Premier League, European and international football, rugby, cricket, tennis, horse racing, golf and, in 2008, unparalleled reporting and live commentaries from Euro 2008 and the Beijing Olympics.

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