BBC boss set to step down
Editor ©RapidTVNews | 27-01-2012
Rumours are rife that BBC Director General Mark Thompson is to step down from his position at the pinnacle of British television by the end of 2012.
According to The Guardian newspaper, Thompson has already told colleagues that he is ready to give the reins to the BBC, most likely after overseeing the TV coverage of the London Olympics.
Only a few days ago it was revealed that BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten had hired head-hunters in order to find a successor for Thompson, a move that attracted criticism for pre-empting any decision by the incumbent Director General. In addition Patten had told the Oxford Media Convention on in mid January 2012 that Thompson would leave his post before his own contact was due for renewal in 2015 and wanted to make the transition to a new BBC leader "an open and transparent process".
No clear favourite exists to replace Thompson who a number of media analysts predicted would have left his post some time ago following the election of the conservative led coalition government which has imposed swingeing spending cuts upon a corporation which the political party has viewed with a great deal of suspicion since the days of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.