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TV honour for ex-BBC chief Dyke
Greg Dyke at Television Centre
Greg Dyke resigned in January after the Hutton Report
Ex-BBC director general Greg Dyke has been given a Royal Television Society (RTS) lifetime achievement award.

It said Mr Dyke was "noisily his own man" and "battled the establishment" during his 27 years in broadcasting.

Mr Dyke resigned in January after the critical findings of the Hutton inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly.

The BBC took 17 of the 27 RTS Programme Awards on Tuesday, with prizes for The Office Christmas specials, Little Britain and The Secret Policeman.

Actor (female)
Kate Ashfield, This Little Life, BBC Two
Actor (male) David Morrissey, The Deal, Channel 4
Comedy performance
Little Britain, BBC Three
Drama serial
State of Play, BBC One
Drama series
Spooks, BBC One
Little Britain, BBC Three
Single documentary The Secret Policeman, BBC One
Situation comedy and comedy Drama The Office Christmas specials, BBC One
Soap Coronation Street, ITV
Writer Paul Abbott, State of Play, BBC One
After receiving his honour, Mr Dyke described best sitcom winner The Office as "a piece of genius".

He said undercover investigation The Secret Policeman, which was named best documentary, was "the most important programme" shown during his time at the BBC.

Mr Dyke told the audience at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London that "events in January were pretty unpleasant" but thanked BBC staff who rallied in support.

"I would just like to say to them I felt very privileged to be their leader for four years."

He added: "It's funny, isn't it? No-one ever applauded me like this when I was in work. It's been a funny year."

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