52% of public think next BBC director general should come from outwith the corporation

Over half of the public think that the next director general of the BBC should be appointed from outside the corporation, YouGov has reported.

52% think Entwistle's replacement should come from outside the BBC

The poll for the Sunday Times found that following the departure of George Entwistle after 54 days in the job, only 20 per cent say someone should be promoted from within the BBC, while 28 per cent say they don’t know.

YouGov found that 52 per cent also believe that the role of director general should be split in two, with one person charged with running the corporation, and another person responsible for the editor-in-chief role of overseeing journalism at the BBC.

It was also found that 47 per cent of people think that BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten should resign, while 29 per cent think he should stay on in this role.

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