A former Mitcham resident has been appointed the BBC’s new sports editor.

David Bond will succeed Mihir Bose as the new head of BBC Sport and will spearhead the corporation’s coverage of this year’s World Cup in South Africa and 2012 London Olympics.

The former Daily Telegraph sports editor will provide analysis and context to the major sports news stories and events across the BBC's news and sports services on TV, radio and online.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Bond said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity which I simply couldn't turn down and I am extremely honoured to have been given the chance by the BBC.

"This is arguably the greatest job in sports journalism and the platform it offers, especially with the London Olympics in 2012, is unparalleled."