BBC deputy chief 'to leave the broadcaster'

12th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The BBC's second in command is to leave the British broadcaster and his position will be axed, a person close to the matter said Monday.

Deputy director general Mark Byford is expected to leave his role next year as the BBC seeks to cut costs in an effort to tackle criticisms that it employs too many highly paid managers.

Byford, whose annual salary in 2009-10 was 475,000 pounds (750,000 dollars, 540,000 euros), is in charge of the broadcaster's journalism and his role includes planning coverage for the 2012 Olympics in London.

A BBC spokeswoman declined to comment on the issue late Monday.

The Financial Times reported that BBC chief, director general Mark Thompson, was poised to announce the departure of his 52-year-old deputy Byford.

Byford joined the BBC in 1979 at the age of 20 in Leeds, northern England. He is now a member of the executive board and has responsibility for editorial policy.

He has been deputy director general since 2004 and was acting director general for several months.

© 2010 AFP

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