As we report today, the BBC has announced that Deputy Director General Mark Byford is to leave the organisation next year. Some see the move as an attempt to answer criticism of the Corporation’s out of control Executive salary bill.
The problem with today’s announcement is that it involves the wrong Mark – the departure the BBC needs to announce is that of Director General Mark Thompson.
Since Thompson took over the BBC in 2004 there have been a string of scandals, rows and own goals involving on screen ‘talent’, fraudulent competitions and ‘noses in troughs’ expenses claims.
Some of these incidents have cost Licence Fee payers a small fortune in fines while the corporation’s management continued to get rich.
It’s clear that the BBC does need a period of renewal and wholesale reform of its bloated, management heavy internal structures but those changes are best overseen by a new Director General untouched by the errors of the past.
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