The BBC’s deputy director general has been made redundant in the highest-profile staff cut at the money-saving broadcaster yet.
Mark Byford, who has been at the corporation for nearly 32 years, will leave early next summer and is expected to receive a pay-off of nearly £1 million.
Byford joined the BBC when he was 20, working his way up the ladder, culminating in a position on the executive board and a much-criticised salary of nearly £500,000 a year.
Director general Mark Thompson is hoping that Byford’s forced departure will show he is willing to answer the criticisms that the BBC pays too much to executives, especially given the economic climate.
This article appears in issue 256 of Media Digest.