BBC Vision director George Entwistle has been appointed by the BBC Trust to take over from outgoing director general Mark Thompson. The public broadcaster, which is in the midst of a belt-tightening phase, will pay Entwistle a £450,000 annual salary. Thompson, who has held the post since 2004, is currently earning £671,000 per year. Thompson announced his departure earlier this year with the search for his replacement heating up recently. Candidates who are understood to have made a shortlist included BBC COO Caroline Thomson and Ed Richards, chief exec of UK regulator Ofcom. Entwistle joined the BBC in 1989 as a broadcast journalist trainee. He has since held various posts including head of current affairs, and been responsible for such programs as Newsnight and investigative magazine Panorama. He has run BBC Vision, the in-house commissioning department, since 2011. In the role of director general, he will be the editorial, operational and creative leader of the BBC. The handover from Thompson to Entwistle will take place in the fall.