BBC instigates internal hunt for new director general
The BBC has formally begun the search for a new director general to replace the outgoing mark Thompson, following his recent resignation announcement.
Speculation is centred on two frontrunners; chief operating officer Caroline Thomson and George Entwhistle, director of television, who seem to be leading the running for the £300-400k a year job.
Thomson would be the corporations first ever female head has been a loyal employee of the BBC for the past 20 years as a behind the scenes administrator.
Entwhistle on the other hand has had a relatively meteoric rise through the ranks after being appointed by Thompson as director of vision last year from a relatively low ranking executive job.
Other, less likely, candidates waiting in the wings include Tim Davie, controller of radio and Helen Boaden, head of BBC News.