Thompson's vow to stay with Channel 4 throws BBC job open

Mark Thompson, the chief executive of Channel 4, has ruled himself out of the running to become the director-general of the BBC.

Thompson, a former head of television at the BBC, was seen by many as the favourite for the job, but his intention to stay at Channel 4 makes an internal appointment at the BBC more likely.

Mark Byford, the acting director-general, and Jana Bennett, the BBC's head of TV, are seen as front runners.

Speaking as he announced Channel 4's annual results, Thompson said he was committed to staying at the broadcaster to see it through the next stage of its development.

Channel 4 has been considering possible changes to its current funding model following the consolidation of ITV and Ofcom's ongoing review of public service broadcasting.

Luke Johnson, the new chairman of Channel 4, said privatisation of the broadcaster would destroy its remit. Channel 4 had held merger discussions with five but these came to nothing.

Channel 4's pre-tax profits rose from £19 million in 2002 to £45 million.

Turnover was £779 million, up £6 million on the previous year. The improved profits followed cost savings and the first profit from Channel 4's commercial arm, 4 Ventures.

Become a member of Campaign from just £46 a quarter

Get the very latest news and insight from Campaign with unrestricted access to plus get exclusive discounts to Campaign events

Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

Partner content


1 Job description: Digital marketing executive

Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).