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London, Sep. 27 ( ANI ): Outgoing BBC chief Caroline Thomson has criticised the culture of its London-based staff, claiming that senior executives at the British broadcasting channel 'marry each other and have affairs with each other'.

Thomson, who leaves her position as chief operating officer today after 37 years, warned that the BBC could too easily become 'arrogant', 'above itself' and 'forget about everyone else.'

She made her comments, while addressing a conference in London, and offered her 'advices' to George Entwistle, who took over as the new director-general at the firm.

"My advice would be to make sure the BBC is confident, but not arrogant. That is easier said than done. It's quite easy for the BBC to get a bit above itself and forget about everyone else," the Daily Mail quoted Thomson, as saying.

Her comment about executives having affairs with each other was in response to a question about the BBC shift from London to Salford, the paper said.

She said that units like those in Salford with a few thousand people were "much more likely" to be outward-looking that those with 10,000 people in one building, "when they all eat and drink with each other and marry each other and have affairs with each other and so on."

Thomson, who last year earned almost 330,000 pounds, had been expected to leave the corporation after losing out to Entwistle, the paper said.

The 58-year-old's post is being axed and the bureaucratic Operations Division she ran is being dismantled to save money, it added. ( ANI )

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