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David Bond is named as the new BBC Sports Editor

David Bond
Bond will be the on-air figurehead of BBC Sport

The BBC has appointed Daily Telegraph sports editor David Bond as its new sports editor to succeed Mihir Bose.

Bond will take up his role in 2010, a year which includes the World Cup.

He will provide analysis and context to the major sports news stories and events across the BBC's news and sports services on TV, radio and online.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: "We are thrilled David is joining the BBC, bringing with him a formidable track record in sports journalism."

She added: "As our Sports Editor he will be the on-air figurehead of BBC Sport's News operation. In a highly competitive field he impressed with both his editorial judgement and passion for the role."

Mark Byford, deputy director general and head of BBC Journalism added: "I am delighted David is coming on board. We are determined to develop the prominence and impact of high quality sports journalism across our news programmes and services and the sports editor is a pivotal role in that quest.

"David Bond's flair, insight, energy and expertise made him the outstanding candidate."

Bond was previously chief sports reporter at the Daily Telegraph where he focused on the London 2012 Olympics, England football, the business of sport, politics and doping issues. He also covered the football World Cup in 2006.

Prior to this appointment he was the deputy sports editor at the Evening Standard and sports news correspondent at the Sunday Times.

Speaking of his appointment, Bond said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity which I simply couldn't turn down and I am extremely honoured to have been given the chance by the BBC.

"This is arguably the greatest job in sports journalism and the platform it offers, especially with the London Olympics in 2012, is unparalleled."

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