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The controller of Radio 4, Mark Damazer, leaves the speech station to become Master of St Peter's College, Oxford

15th April 2010

Mark Damazer who has been at the head of Radio 4 for nearly six years, has announced his departure from the speech station to take up an academic role as Master of St Peter's College, Oxford in October.

Mark Damazer is highly respected by BBC executives and journalists and said that Radio 4 was 'the jewel in BBC's crown' and that running it was 'an absolutely deliriously joyful job'.

Listening figures are the highest in a decade, reaching more than 10 million last year.

Mr Damazer has been praised for numerous moves, including appointing Evan Davis to the Today programme team and selecting Kirsty Young to take over the helm of Desert Island Discs.

Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, said "Mark's work has been characterised by integrity, total commitment to depth and quality, and a dedication to serving audiences.  He has been an outstanding controller of BBC Radio 4 and I wish him well."

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