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Head of the BBC Stepping Down NY Times

The man who oversees the BBC’s TV channels, radio stations and websites will step down from the broadcaster later this year, reports The New York Times' Media Decoder.

BBC Director General Mark Thompson, 54, will leave after the Summer Olympic Games in London, which will be held in July and August, the story says. He has held the job since 2004.

The BBC distributes TV and radio programming, including franchises such as "Top Gear," around the world. The corporation has sought to expand its presence in the U.S., with greater distribution for BBC America and its BBC World News cable network, the piece adds.

Thompson is the BBC's longest-serving top executive since the 1970s, the article notes.