Almost 70 people applied for top BBC job

Minutes show 69 applicants for BBC director-general position.

George Entwistle was named incoming Director-General of the BBC on 4th July. Pho
George Entwistle was named incoming Director-General of the BBC on 4th July. Photo: Getty Images

A total of 69 people applied to be the new director-general of the BBC, meeting minutes from the BBC Trust reveal today.

That number was whittled down to 19 "prioritised candidates" before corporation insider George Entwistle was named as the new boss last Wednesday.

Minutes from a meeting of the BBC Trust, held on Wednesday May 23, reveal members discussed the 19 candidates before agreeing another "list of candidates to proceed to the next stage of the process".

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