Mark Thompson confirms he will step down from BBC after Olympics
Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, has announced that he will step down from his role after the Olympics.
This follows speculation earlier in the year.
Announcing his departure in an all-staff email, Thompson said that he told Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, of his decision this morning.
He added: “I have told the Chairman that I believe that he and the Trust should begin the public process of finding the next DG as soon as they see fit...We can address the exact date of the handover once an appointment is made.
“What has made my job not just bearable, but immensely enjoyable and rewarding, is all of you: your talent and energy, your unshakeable belief in the BBC and everything it stands for.”
The email also reveals that Thompson, who has held the role for eight years, told Patten last year that he thought there was a ‘strong case for handing over to a successor sooner rather than later’.