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BBC shortlists 14 candidates to succeed Mark Damazer

A BBC executive close to the process reported as saying it will take some time to decide on successo

The BBC has identified the names of 14 candidates to succeed Mark Damazer as controller of BBC Radio 4, reports the Guardian.

The BBC's director of audio and music, Tim Davie, has compiled the list, which includes George Entwistle, controller of BBC Knowledge; Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC2; Roly Keating who is leading the BBC's archive initiative; Ceri Thomas, the editor of Today; and Peter Barron, the former Newsnight editor.

The Radio 1 controller, Andy Parfit, and Radio 4's head of specialist factual programmes, Mohit Bakaya, are understood to have backed out from the race.

A BBC executive close to the process has been reported as saying that the chair is still open and it would take some time to decide on the successor to Damazer.