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Mark Thompson's reply to Lesley Douglas

Dear Lesley, Thank you for your letter. It is with real sadness that I accept your decision to resign. There is no doubt that my sadness today will be shared both across the BBC and the wider music industry.

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You have been an outstanding Head of Programmes and then Controller of Radio 2 over the past eight years.  You have presided over a creative transformation of the Network, and have rightly been recognised by the industry for your massive contribution to UK radio.

Your decision to take responsibility for what has happened is an illustration of the integrity and commitment which has characterised your leadership at BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music

Over the past 23 years, you have been a devoted servant of the BBC, and your absence will be felt by your many colleagues and friends at the BBC. I am sure you will continue to make an outstanding contribution to radio and popular music in the UK.

Yours sincerely

Mark Thompson



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