Guardian :: Ninety years, and fourteen directors general later, and the BBC may get around to appointing a woman to the top job. In an open field, there are a number of female contenders but it is Caroline Thomson, whose CV includes a stint as Eurotrash's censor-in-chief and a brush with tragedy on a Cumbrian train, who has arguably the best claim. The BBC chairman, Lord Patten, may have dictated there should be no overt campaigning for the job, but there are already signs it is Thomson – the corporation's clear-thinking chief operating officer – who is already winning support from colleagues. Her status as early frontrunner is real.
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