The BBC is making good on its promise to cut back on senior management and reduce executive salaries – it has made the deputy director general, Mark Byford, redundant.
The Guardian reports that Byford, a BBC staffer for almost 32 years, will leave early next summer. Byford can take comfort from the fact that he will reportedly receive a pay-off of close to £1m when he leaves.
BBC director general Mark Thompson has been on a mission to prove to both government and the public that the broadcaster is willing to sacrifice certain key executive positions and focus rather on delivering services and programming. Some months ago the British media was full of stories about the exorbitant salaries earned by some BBC senior executives and on-air talent.