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BBC director general confirms departure

March 19, 2012

The BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, has told staff he will leave the corporation this autumn. With nearly eight years in the job, he has been the BBC’s longest-serving director general since the 1970s.

His departure was not unexpected. In January, Lord Patten, who runs the BBC Trust, said the corporation was engaged in “sensible succession planning” to find a replacement.

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