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ONE of the BBCs most senior figures, chief operating officer Caroline Thomson, is to leave at the end of this month after her post was axed, it was announced yesterday.
New director-general George Entwistle confirmed the departure as part of a restructure of his senior team, a day after he took up his post.
Ms Thomson was an unsuccessful candidate for the director-general role, following the exit of Mark Thompson after eight years.
Ms Thomson, who first joined the BBC after starting as a journalist trainee in 1975, was a key player in the licence fee settlements in 2007 and 2010. Since the BBC began publishing the expenses claims of its top executives, her taxi claims have received attention with her regular use of cabs costing thousands of pounds of licence fee money each year.
Ms Thomson, who receives a total remuneration package of £328,000, claimed £2,551.59 for taxis during the last published quarter.
She said yesterday:It has been an immense privilege to be part of the leadership of the BBC, the worlds 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.
Mr Entwistle said: I want to mark this moment by paying tribute to Carolines enormous contribution to the BBC over many years now. She was pivotal in winning the last charter for us.
By clare baillie