So good luck to Ed Williams, head of corporate affairs at Reuters, whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s off to take up a plum post in a similar field at the BBC.
Like Mark Thompson, the current director-general, Ed, too, was turned down for the BBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s graduate training scheme when he was a young lad.
I hear that before going into journalism, Ed trained as a classical pianist. Eileen Wise, one of EdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s colleagues at Reuters, tells me: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a real loss to Reuters, but we all wish him well. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sure to make a big and much-needed difference in the way in which the BBC and its management are seen in both the publicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and mediaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eyes.Ã¢â‚¬