11/11/2012 05:11 GMT

BBC Director General: Caroline Thomson Favourite To Replace George Entwistle, Says Ladbrokes

Caroline Thomson is the favourite to become the new director general of the BBC, according to Ladbrokes.

Following George Entwistle's resignation the bookies are now quoting Thomson, the BBC's former chief operating officer, as the favourite to replace him at 5/2, followed closely by Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards at 3/1.

There is a 5/1 chance that Helen Boaden steps up from BBC's director of news or it is 8/1 that acting director general Tim Davie gets the gig on a full-time basis.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Another one bites the dust and the odds suggest Thomson won't be unlucky in the selection process second time round."

Ladbrokes latest betting: Caroline Thomson 5/2 Ed Richards 3/1 Helen Boaden 5/1 Tim Davie 8/1 Michael Jackson 8/1 Danny Cohen 9/1 Peter Fincham 10/1 12/1 bar.