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BBC marketing chief to quit

Sharon Bayley to leave the corporation, as part of its efforts to cull the senior management team by

Sharon Bayley, the BBC's director of marketing, communications and audience, is to leave the corporation, as part of its efforts to cull the senior management team by 25 per cent by 2012.

Bayley, who was hired last May on a salary of £310,000, is likely to leave by next spring or summer, and will not be replaced.

Her departure follows Tuesday's announcement that the BBC's deputy director general Mark Byford is leaving the corporation next summer after serving for 32 years. He is understood to be receiving a redundancy payment of about £900,000.

Bayley's redundancy package is still not decided.

The corporation is also likely to announce the departures of executive board members Peter Salmon and Lucy Adams.

The National Union of Journalists has expressed discontent over the huge redundancy package offered to Byford at a time when the staff are still not convinced about the new pension plan offered by the corporation.

They warned of a likely strike action over pension changes.