'I leave the channel with great sadness,' says outgoing BBC1 boss

Last updated at 15:20 05 October 2007

Peter fincham

Outgoing BBC 1 chief Peter Fincham said he was leaving the BBC "with great sadness".

The channel controller is quitting in the row over the faked documentary footage of the Queen.

His resignation to BBC director-general Mark Thompson reads: "Dear Mark, it is with very great regret that I have concluded, following Will Wyatt's report, that I should resign as controller of BBC1.

"I have had the tremendous privilege of leading BBC1 through a period where the channel has undergone creative renewal. I believe we have made some really great programmes.

"While I leave the channel with great sadness I am tremendously proud of what I and my team have achieved. Yours ever, Peter Fincham."

Thompson praised Fincham as an "outstanding controller" and a man of integrity.

His reply reads: "Dear Peter, Thank you for your letter.

BBC director general mark thompson

"It is with real sadness that I accept your decision to resign. Your decision to take responsibility demonstrates the integrity and conviction which has characterised your leadership of BBC1.

"I know my sadness today will be shared across the BBC and the wider broadcasting industry.

"You have been an outstanding controller. Under your leadership the channel has flourished and you have built an environment in which some of the most talented people in television have brought their best creative work to our audience.

"The decision by your peers at the Edinburgh Television Festival in August to name BBC1 Channel of the Year shows how widely this view is shared.

"I know you will continue to make an outstanding contribution to British television."

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