Deputy Director-General to leave BBC

Mark Byford, deputy to BBC Director-General Mark Thompson, is to leave the organisation next year.

Writing to staff, Thompson said: "Mark has played a critical role in recent years as the leader of all journalism across the BBC and has been an outstanding deputy to me and member of the Executive Board. But as part of our commitment to spend as much of the licence fee as possible on content and services, we've been looking at management numbers and costs across the BBC, and that must include the most senior levels.

"We have concluded—and Mark fully accepts—that the work he has done to develop our journalism and editorial standards across the BBC has achieved the goals we set to such an extent that the role of Deputy Director-General can now end, that the post should close at the end of the current financial year, and that Mark himself should be made redundant."

Byford will step down from the Executive Board at the end of March and will leave the BBC in early summer, after 32 years of working for the organisation.

From April 2011, Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News, will join the Executive Board to represent BBC Journalism.

Thompson later announced that the post of Director, BBC Marketing, Communications and Audiences (MC&A) is also to close, and Sharon Baylay is to leave the BBC.

Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, and Lucy Adams, Director of BBC People, will continue in their roles but will step down from the Executive Board and join the new BBC Operating Committee.

The BBC's MC&A and People divisions will cease to be stand-alone divisions and will both join an expanded Operations group led by Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Thomson.

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DTG Staff  |  12.10.2010

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