The BBC has appointed Richard Burgess as its head of sports news. He was most recently editor of sports programmes at BBC Radio 5 Live.
The appointment comes soon after the appointment of David Bond as the BBC’s sports editor.
Burgess is now responsible for the BBC’s sports coverage across all platforms and says that the main challenge of his new role is to “ensure the BBC’s sports journalism is original, distinctive and authoritative and makes a big impact across all our output”.
Burgess has previously been a sports reporter for the Grimsby Evening Telegraph and the Manchester Evening News. He first worked for the BBC in Manchester, before joining their radio sports team in London.
His advice to those wanting to work in journalism stresses the importance of basic skills:
“I think a passion for journalism and breaking stories is essential, so learn the essentials of journalism first. Ultimately it doesn’t matter whether that’s in newspapers, television, online or radio, the fundamentals should still apply.”