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BBC Chief Mark Thompson Stepping Down

The director general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, is stepping down later this year following the London Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee. In an email to staff, Thompson announced his decision and saluted employees.

“We’ve weathered a series of lively storms and been through some trying, as well as some very successful, times together,” Thompson wrote. Thompson has been the longest-serving director general of the public broadcaster since the 1970′s.

The director general of the BBC is one of the most powerful media positions in the world, let alone the U.K. Thompson oversaw a suite of radio stations and TV networks in the U.K., as well as BBC News. The British broadcaster also has an ownership stake in dozens of channels and media outlets across the world, including BBC World News and BBC America.

Helen Boaden, the BBC’s news chief, is considered among the candidates to replace Thompson.

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A Number of TV News Personalities Populate Forbes ‘Most Powerful Women’ List

Forbes released its 2011 “Most Powerful Women” list, and a number of prominent TV news personalities and executives made the cut.

ABC “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour placed at #44, with her colleague Diane Sawyer right behind her at #47. Their boss, Disney-ABC Television Group chief Anne Sweeney, ranked #25.

The BBC’s Helen Boaden placed #51, while NBC “Today” co-anchor Ann Curry (who was interviewed by Forbes to accompany the list) came in at #66.

Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren–the only cable news anchor on the list–came in at #75.

You can check out the full list here.

Update: A video interview with Greta Van Susteren, after the jump.
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