George Entwistle appointed new BBC director general

Natalie Woolman

George Entwistle has been appointed as director general of the BBC and will replace Mark Thompson this autumn.

Entwistle, who currently heads up the Corporation’s television channels as director of BBC Vision, was described by BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten as “a creative leader for a creative organisation”. He joined the BBC as a journalism trainee in 1989 and his posts have included head of current affairs and editor of Newsnight.

Entwistle said: “I’m delighted that the chairman and trustees have decided I’m the right person for the job. And I’m very excited about all that lies ahead. I love the BBC and it’s a privilege to be asked to lead it into the next stage of its creative life.”

Patten added: “Above all George is passionate about the BBC, is committed to its public service ethos and has a clear vision for how it can harness the creativity and commitment of its staff to continue to serve audiences in ever more innovative ways.”

In his new role, Entwistle will earn a salary of £450,000, a cut from Thompson’s current pay – £671,000 per year.

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