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Retirement of BBC Sport Director Barbara Slater Announced alongside Additional Updates


Sep 8, 2023

Barbara Slater, the BBC’s director of sport, has announced her retirement and will step down from her role in the first half of next year. Slater joined the BBC in 1983 and became the first female director of sport in 2009. During her tenure, she oversaw the coverage of major sporting events such as the London 2012 Olympic Games and various World Cups and European Championships. She also played a key role in regaining the rights to the FA Cup and international cricket for the BBC, while increasing coverage of women’s sports and expanding digital operations.

Slater expressed her passion for her career at the BBC and reflected on the amazing opportunities and talented colleagues she had the privilege of working with. She cited memorable moments such as Pete Sampras’ Wimbledon triumph and the growth of digital services and new talent. She also highlighted the importance of showcasing women’s sport and hoped that the BBC had contributed to changing attitudes and inspiring the next generation. Slater will be following the BBC’s coverage of the Paris Olympics next summer as a proud sports fan.

Before leaving the BBC, Slater secured broadcasting rights for Wimbledon, the Uefa men’s European Championships, and the Olympics for several years. The broadcaster also obtained the rights to show highlights from the Uefa Champions League starting next season. BBC director general, Tim Davie, praised Slater’s extraordinary career and leadership, stating that she leaves behind a tremendous legacy.

In other news, the LA Galaxy has restructured its executive team, appointing Tom Braun as president of business operations and chief operating officer. Urel Martinez has been promoted to chief revenue officer. CAA is expected to name Bryan Lourd as chief executive following a deal to sell a majority stake in the agency to François-Henri Pinault’s Artémis firm. Lourd, Kevin Huvane, and Richard Lovett will remain as co-heads, while Jim Burtson will continue as president.

Several appointments have been made in the sports industry, including Marcos Hofmann as president of the European Hockey Federation and John Varvatos as chief design officer at Under Armour. Departures include Chris Nikou as chair of Football Australia and Patricia Lowry as vice president of production at ESPN.

By Editor

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