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  • Caroline is Chief Operating Officer for the BBC.
  • She was responsible for leading the BBC's bid for a successful review of its Charter and working with the DG to negotiate licence fee settlements in 2007 and 2010.
  • Caroline is a member of the BBC's Executive Board and reports to the Director-General.
  • She has responsibility for the BBC's corporate and operational activities: Policy & Strategy, Marketing, Communications, Legal, Editorial Policy, Business Operations and Technology, Distribution & Archive.
  • She is the Executive Director accountable for the BBC's major infrastructure projects: digital switchover, the move to Salford and the development of the BBC's two main sites in central and west London.
  • On Tuesday 18 September Director-General George Entwistle announced that Caroline would be leaving the BBC at the end of September.

Salary and total remuneration

The salaries and total remuneration of the Executive Board are published as part of the BBC's Annual Report and Accounts 2011/12.

Salary: £307,000
Total remuneration: £328,000

Salary includes a 1 month pay surrender and total remuneration represents the annual salary, taxable benefits and other remuneration received during 2011/12.

Biography

Last updated April 2011

Caroline Thomson is the Chief Operating Officer of the BBC. She is a member of the BBC's Executive Board and reports to the Director-General.

Caroline has responsibility for the BBC's corporate and operational activities: Policy & Strategy, Marketing, Communications, Legal, Editorial Policy, Business Operations and Technology, Distribution & Archive. She is the Executive Director accountable for the BBC's major infrastructure projects: digital switchover, the move to Salford and the development of the BBC's two main sites in central and west London. Caroline was also responsible for leading the BBC's bid for a successful review of its Charter and working with the DG to negotiate licence fee settlements in 2007 and 2010.

Caroline began her career in broadcasting 30 years ago, joining the BBC as a journalism trainee and going on to produce a range of BBC radio and television series including BBC Radio 4's Analysis and BBC One's Panorama. She left the BBC to work as political assistant to Roy Jenkins, then the leader of the SDP, during the 1983 General Election campaign.

In 1984, Caroline joined Channel 4 Television as Commissioning Editor, Science, Finance and Industry and went on to start Business Daily and the Equinox series. She was subsequently appointed Head of Corporate Affairs, reporting to the Chief Executive, Michael Grade.

Caroline rejoined the BBC in 1996 as Deputy Director of the BBC World Service. In July 2000, she became the Director of Policy & Legal then Chief Operating Officer in 2006. In September 2010 her role was expanded to bring together Operations, BBC People and Marketing, Communications & Audiences and in 2011 she also took responsibility for Technology and Editorial Policy. Since the retirement of Mark Byford in March 2011, Caroline also deputises for the Director-General.

On Tuesday 18 September 2012 Director-General George Entwistle announced that Caroline would be leaving the BBC at the end of the month.

Expenses and central bookings

Expenses are costs incurred by BBC staff on behalf of the BBC and claimed through the BBC's expenses system (e-expenses). Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.

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Gifts and Hospitality Register

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Declaration of personal interests

Executive Board members must make a declaration of their personal and business interests, including any memberships or directorships of public or industry bodies, and any shareholdings, as well as any interests that their immediate families may also have.

A summary is published where there is something to declare and where there is nothing to declare. Occasionally an individual will have something to declare but due to the personal nature of the declaration we do not publish details as to do so would breach the Data Protection Act.

This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.

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