Byford to leave as BBC sheds deputy director general role

BBC deputy director general Mark Byford is to leave the organisation at the end of March 2011 with a £500,000 pay-off, as part of the BBC's ongoing review of its senior management team.

Mark Byford: outgoing deputy director general
Mark Byford: outgoing deputy director general

In the MacTaggart lecture at Edinburgh International Television Festival in August, BBC director general Mark Thompson said he was looking to cut senior managers at the organisation, "up to and including the executive board". The deputy director general role will be ditched.

In the 2009/10 financial year, Byford was paid a base salary of £475,000, with a total remuneration package of £488,000, up 0.6% year on year from a total pay of £485,000 in 2008/9.

BBC employees receive a redundancy payment of one month’s salary for every year of employment, capped at two years’ pay. However, the payout members of the executive board can receive is limited to one year’s pay.

At Edinburgh, Thompson said: "We’ve committed to reduce senior manager numbers by a fifth by the end of next year. That’s a minimum. If we can go further, we will, and we will look for reductions at every level in the organisation up to and including the executive board."

Following the announcement of Byford’s departure, Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, said: "Mark’s distinguished career has been characterised by his commitment to the BBC's services across the UK and he has played a key role in ensuring the BBC delivers a world class service for licence-fee payers.

"This has been particularly evident in his leadership of the BBC’s journalism, where he has worked tirelessly to ensure the corporation retains and builds on its reputation for impartiality, accuracy and insight."

Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Gravity Road: new Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series 'exceeds' our 2013 Bafta win

Gravity Road: new Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series 'exceeds' our 2013 Bafta win

Bombay Sapphire has launched the second year of its 'Imagination Series' of five sponsored short films, after one from last year's series won a Bafta for Gravity Road in January.

Share
Outdoor Campaign of the Month: Just Eat
[Sponsored feature]
Share
Bauer launches daily football stats email The Equaliser

Bauer launches daily football stats email The Equaliser

Bauer Media has launched The Equaliser, a football-based daily email combining sports statistics and analysis, targeting desktop and mobile users.

Share

Get news by email