Ofcom chief '10/11 favourite' for BBC role

Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards is favourite to take over the role of BBC Director-General according to William Hill, which is offering odds of 10/11.

The bookmaker has caretaker boss Tim Davie in second spot with 2/1, former BBC Chief Operating Officer Caroline Thomson next with 5/2 and Tony Hall - Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House - in fourth with 5/1.


BBC DG- they think its all over - Tony Hall in at 5/1 4th fav to get Beeb top job.10/11Richards; 2 Davie; 5/2 Thomson; 12 Jackson;100Paxman.

Jeremy Paxman is a rank outsider with odds of 100/1, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.


Peter Rippon Newsnight silence

Peter Rippon, who stepped aside from his role as Newsnight editor after the programme decided not to run a report on Jimmy Savile's alleged sexual abuse, refused to comment on whether the BBC programme could survive.