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Dyke criticises BBC governors
Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke resigned from the BBC in the wake of the Hutton report
Former BBC director general Greg Dyke has joined in with criticism of the corporation's handling of the Hutton report at the Bafta TV awards.

Mr Dyke, who attended Sunday night's ceremony to present an award, received a standing ovation from the celebrity-packed audience.

TV writer Paul Abbot criticised Mr Dyke's "ousting" by the "least qualified people in the industry".

When Mr Dyke took to the stage he said he "tended to agree" with Mr Abbot.

Mr Abbot, who wrote the BBC's Clocking Off and State of Play programmes, defended Mr Dyke, who resigned as director general in the wake of the Hutton report, saying he was "one in a million".

He told the audience: "I still can't believe that we as the audience, as investors, have allowed such a 'guvnor', in the truest sense of the word, to get ousted by a handful of the least qualified people in the industry.

"There are pictures of the BBC Board of Governors on the website. They are all small faces, no chins."

When Mr Dyke later took to the stage to present an award, he thanked the audience for their ovation and told them: "It's a shame more of you weren't around in January.

"I would like to say thank you very much to Paul Abbot for those few kind words said about me, and in particular those few words he said about the governors, because I tend to agree."


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