Calvin quits EIS; Bose joins BBC

By Steven Downes
Mike Calvin is to leave his job as deputy director at the English Institute of Sport at the end of the month, while the Daily Telegraph‘s Mihir Bose is set to join the BBC as its first sports editor.

Calvin, pictured, was one of the country’s top sports journalists until he opted out of the profession nearly five years ago to go into sports administration. He was the winner of the SJA’s Sportswriter of the Year award in 1992 for his dispatches as a crew member in the round the world yacht race. Now, he plans to launch his own consultancy, Integr8 Communications, which will work with a range of sports and industry organisations.

Calvin’s departure was announced to the EIS’s 200 staff in their offices in Manchester and London via an e-mail in the past week. Calvin joined EIS in early 2002, having previously worked as chief sports writer at the Daily Telegraph for 10 years, and similar roles at The Times and Mail on Sunday through his career.

“I didn’t want to do just sport,” Calvin said today. “I wanted to bring the principles of performance sport to business.

“We are also working with 10 different sports to give them the rudiments of a communications strategy, but we will have a very broad brief.”

Calvin will also be making an at least partial return to sports journalism, with a regular column and some interview work for the Sunday Mirror.

He retains, though, his enthusiasm for the work of the EIS, whose role in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics is broadly seen to be crucial. “I am still very confident in the Institute,” he said. “They have the right philosophy and the right people, and we are already making an impact – look at cycling.”

Calvin’s departure coincides with the resignation from the EIS of Greg Whyte, the organisation’s scientific co-ordinator, although the moves are not connected.

Tonight, the BBC confirmed that Bose was to join the Corporation in a newly created role aimed at sharpening up its coverage of sports news.

The story had broken in this morning’s Daily Mail, in which Charles Sale reported that Bose, a former accountant and business writer, was a surprise appointment, at nearly 60, some two decades older than others on the short-list.

The BBC said Bose will provide analysis and context to the major sports news stories across the BBC’s news programming.

Bose said: “I was brought up on the magical BBC World Service, and believe that the BBC is the greatest broadcaster there is. It’s a wonderful challenge and I can’t wait to start.

“However, I must add that I’ve had 12 very happy years with the Telegraph and will miss working with some of the finest print journalists there is.”

Adrian Van-Klaveren, the deputy director, BBC News, said: “Mihir’s job will be to get under the skin of sport – both to break stories and to explain what’s really happening, whether it’s a story about money and the Premiership, the build up to London 2012 or alleged cheating in cricket.

“We want people to find out what’s happening in the world of sport from the BBC – just as much as they do for politics or world affairs. This new job is a key building block in our commitment to sports journalism and we think it’s going to make a real difference to what people see, hear and read from the BBC about sports news.”

Updated at 8.30pm, Oct 18