BBC Sport director quits just six months after Gary Lineker shamed Beeb

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BBC director of sport Barbara Slater has announced her retirement just six months after Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker shamed the BBC by comparing the conservative party to the Nazis.

“[It] has been an absolute passion, never just a job,” explained Slater following a 14-year stint in the role. “It was this week 40 years ago that I first walked through the doors at Broadcasting House. Since joining in 1983 I’ve been privileged to have had such amazing opportunities and the delight of working with such talented colleagues and partners.”

She highlighted her special memories which included “being in the director’s chair for occasions like Pete Sampras’ seventh Wimbledon triumph, to leading the move to Salford, and seeing the extraordinary growth of our digital services and new talent excel.”

And she added: “I also hope that in showcasing the brilliance of women’s sport the BBC has played its part in changing attitudes, increasing its profile and inspiring the next generation.

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“I must also make special mention of the Olympic Games, having been a competitor in 1976 and then leading the sport teams covering a home Games in 2012. It was a monumental achievement for the BBC and everyone involved, as the UK hosted a sensational Olympics in London.

“I will be following the BBC’s coverage of Paris next summer – this time as a proud sports fan.”


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