The BBC's Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Thomson, is to leave the broadcaster, following a restructure by the BBC's new Director-General, George Entwistle. The post of Chief Operating Officer will now cease to exist within the BBC.
In a speech to BBC staff today the Director-General said: "I want to mark this moment by paying tribute to Caroline's enormous contribution to the BBC over many years now. She was pivotal in winning the last charter for us, when her impeccable strategic leadership helped deliver a clearly defined 10-year mission for the BBC, securing our purposes and funding through to 2016.
Thomson has been responsible for delivering projects including digital switchover, the move to Salford, and the development of the BBC's two main sites in central and west London.
Caroline Thomson added: "It has been an immense privilege to be part of the leadership of the BBC -the world's best public service broadcaster. Wonderful programmes, brilliant colleagues and a real sense of public purpose, what more could you ask? I wish George and his colleagues the best of luck as they take the BBC forward—I know it will be safe in their hands."
Caroline Thomson will leave the BBC at the end of September.
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