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Last Updated: Friday, 2 April, 2004, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Choosing a new director general
Greg Dyke at Television Centre
Greg Dyke resigned in January after the Hutton Report
New BBC chairman Michael Grade's first key task will be to appoint a director general to replace Greg Dyke.

A provisional shortlist of possible successors has been compiled by the board of governors after the post was advertised in the national press at the start of March.

The closing date has now passed - but the next stage can only go ahead, and interviews proceed, once the new chairman is in place.

Mr Grade may wish to adjust the shortlist, and there are reports that he could start the process again from scratch. "I will do whatever's necessary to attract the right candidate," he said.

Mr Grade will take up his post on 17 May - and the appointment process is on hold until then. But a successor is expected to be in place by early June.

Candidates

The full board of governors will make the appointment - and the chairman is highly influential in this decision.

The BBC has refused to comment on speculation about possible candidates for the corporation's top job.

But BBC media correspondent Torin Douglas said candidates could include acting director general Mark Byford, BBC director of radio Jenny Abramsky and Tony Hall, executive director of the Royal Opera House and former director of BBC News.

As stand-in director general, Mr Byford is known to have applied for the job, although officially the BBC said all names were speculative and it did not comment on confidential applications.


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