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Dyke chairs BFI film organisation
Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke has lacked a high-profile job ever since leaving the BBC
Former BBC director-general Greg Dyke has been appointed as the chairman of the British Film Institute (BFI).

He will take over the role for four years from next month and wants to increase access to the BFI's archive.

"We have an opportunity to make content available online to the education sector and, if we have the rights, to the public at large," Mr Dyke said.

The BFI started in 1935 and aims to promote British film heritage partly through screenings.

The organisation's archive holds 230,000 films from 1895 to the present day.

There are also 675,000 TV programmes and more than four million film stills.

Its headquarters is on the South Bank in London.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham described Mr Dyke - who resigned from the BBC following the publication of the controversial Hutton Report in 2004 - as "an excellent choice to lead the BFI".

"He brings a wealth of experience in the fields of television, education and the arts, and a well-deserved reputation for getting things done and inspiring the people around him," he added.

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