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BBC director general to quit after Olympics

Mark Thompson is the longest-serving chief since the 1970s.

Image: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

BBC’S DIRECTOR GENERAL Mark Thompson has told staff that he will leave the organisation after the Olympic Games this year.

After eight years at the head of the company, Thompson’s departure is not unexpected, according to BBC News.

Although he has navigated his way through several scandals, including the Sashsgate (Russell Brand/Johnathan Ross prank calls) affair, and budget cuts and staff redundancies, Thompson’s tenure has been hailed a success.

He is responsible for BBC’s television, radio and Internet services and oversees a 20,000-strong workforce.

According to the BBC Trust, “sensible succession planning” has already started.

No specific date has been set for his last day but it is understood he will remain at the helm until after the coverage of the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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