BBC chief to step down after Olympics?

Mark Thompson, the BBC’s director general, has signalled to senior colleagues that he is ready to step down, with insiders believing he will quit at the end of 2012 or early in 2013, at the end of the broadcaster’s Olympic year.

Britain’s most powerful television executive has not given an exact timetable for his departure, but The Guardian reports he acknowledges that he has entered the final chapter of his eight-year director generalship.

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