Damazer joined the BBC World Service in 1981 as a current affairs producer. He served as the deputy director of BBC News since April 2001. He was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 7 in October 2004.
Damazer said there was no other broadcasting job that appealed to him and dismissed the rumours that his leaving is related to his pension arrangements. He will take up his now job in October.