BBC Worldwide director of content and production Wayne Garvie has not been contacted about the BBC1 controller job and has admitted he would be put off by the glare of publicity.
Garvie, considered a dark horse contender by many, told a Coventry Conversations session at the city’s university that the amount of attention the job attracted made it less appealing.
He said: "I hope I’m not asked. I’d rather not be asked. [Laughs] I have seen what can happen to people in those jobs who I care about. It’s very public. They’re tough jobs to do - and probably not as great as they should or could be because of that attention."
There is a growing sense that the BBC may make an internal appointment. Jane Tranter and Richard Deverell are seen as two of the front runners. Acting controller Roly Keating ruled himself out of the job from the outset.
A spokesman said: "Whether Wayne would do the job or not is pure hypothesis: he is happy in his role with BBCW and has neither approached nor been approached by the BBC."
He added that Garvie had believed the “personal comments” had been made in a “private master class” on international formats and that he was disappointed they had been made public.
The spokesman said: “He [Garvie] attempted to make light of the suggestion and when pushed responded on his personal view of the difficulty of the role of controller of BBC1 in view of the level of public and media scrutiny attached to the role.