Barbara Slater

Director BBC Sport

Barbara Slater is the daughter of former professional footballer Bill Slater, who she credits as her role model, saying “he showed me that you can succeed with humility, dedication and a quiet but steely determination”.  Barbara Slater became director of BBC Sport in 2009 – the first woman in the role.  In this role, she is responsible for around 20,000 hours of global sports coverage across TV, radio and online every year which reaches 40% of the UK on a weekly basis. She was also responsible for supervising the sports coverage of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, the biggest planned event which has ever been held in the UK. In 2014 she will oversee the BBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

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