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Search for Dyke successor begins
Greg Dyke at Television Centre
Greg Dyke resigned as BBC director general over the Hutton affair
The BBC has begun the process of appointing a new director general to replace Greg Dyke, who resigned following the Hutton Report.

A nominations panel comprising four BBC governors has been set up to interview candidates and draw up a shortlist.

The appointment will be made after a new chairman is named in April. The deadline for applications was Friday.

The chairman is appointed by the government, and the director general by the BBC governors.

The BBC is seeking to replace both Dyke and former chairman Gavyn Davies, who resigned in the row over the findings of the Hutton Inquiry.

Gavyn Davies
Ex-chairman Gavyn Davies also quit because of Lord Hutton's criticism
The BBC was seriously criticised by Lord Hutton in his report into the death of scientist Dr David Kelly.

The inquiry concluded that an allegation in a report by ex-BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan, which accused the government of deliberately exaggerating the case for war, was "unfounded".

Advertisements for the director general job will appear internally and in newspapers from 7 March.

The shortlist, drawn up by the nominations committee, will be put to the full board of governors for approval.

The final decision on the new director general will be made by the full board of governors, led by the new chairman once he or she is in place.

Mark Byford
Mark Byford is the acting director general
The nominations committee will be chaired by Dermot Gleeson, a businessman who has been on the board of governors for almost four years.

The other committee members are fellow governors Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, Merfyn Jones and Deborah Bull.

An executive search firm, The Zygos Partnership, will assist with the appointment.

Key duties for the new recruits will include judging the tone of the BBC's response to the fall-out over Hutton.

BBC media correspondent Torin Douglas said there was a feeling within the BBC and outside that "the acting chairman (Lord Ryder) and the acting director general (Mark Byford) have been apologising too much" after the Hutton report.

"Somehow you have got to get across that you are being strong," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"On the other hand the BBC did make mistakes and there are going to have to be changes, and that's not easy."


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