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BBC director general shortlist “down to four”

Interviews expected to take place in early June

The BBC has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of four candidates to replace Tony Hall as director general.

According to The Guardian, the contenders are Will Lewis, the outgoing chief executive of the publisher of the Wall Street Journal; two of the BBC’s most senior executives, Tim Davie and Charlotte Moore; and one other female candidate.

It’s expected interviews will take place in early June.

The paper adds that the BBC contacted Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon about the role, but she declined to put her name forward.

Davie previously ran the BBC’s audio and music operation and is currently the chief executive of BBC Studios. Moore is the BBC’s director of content and manages a £1 billion budget.

Lewis left the Wall Street Journal on Friday after six years with the company, and has worked at the Financial Times, Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph, where he became the youngest editor-in-chief and oversaw the newspaper’s investigation into MPs’ expenses.

The recruitment process is being led by David Clementi, the chair of the BBC board, who comes to the end of his four-year tenure early next year.

The BBC declined to comment on the recruitment process.