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BBC advertises for Dyke successor
Greg Dyke at Television Centre
Greg Dyke resigned in January after the Hutton Report
The BBC has placed advertisements in the national press for a new director general to replace Greg Dyke.

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

The advertisements were placed in publications including the Sunday Times appointment section and Monday's Guardian media supplement.

The new director general will lead the BBC through the review of its current Royal Charter, which expires in 2006.

After Greg Dyke's resignation, Mark Byford became acting director general. The closing date for applications is 22 March.

Proven leadership

The advertisement says applicants "must have experience of operating in the public eye at the highest level and have the professional credibility, resilience and integrity to lead the BBC".

"Knowledge of the media business and proven leadership, strategic and financial skills will also therefore be prerequisites," the advertisement also reads.

The director general will be appointed by the BBC governors. The role of chairman of the governors is also on offer, as Gavyn Davies also stood down in the wake of the Hutton inquiry.

The post of chairman attracted 79 applicants by the closing date on 27 February.


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".

The shortlist for Mr Dyke's replacement is to be drawn up by a committee of four BBC governors, headed by businessman Dermot Gleeson.

The shortlist will be sent to the full board of governors - led by the new chairman - for approval.

An executive search firm, The Zygos Partnership, is helping with the appointment.

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