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BBC after Birt Friday, 25 June, 1999, 18:20 GMT 19:20 UK
A new director general
After months of speculation, the BBC's governors have chosen Greg Dyke as the corporation's new director general. BBC News Online looks at the issues behind his appointment and the challenges he will face as leader of the BBC in the new millennium.


Taking up where Sir John Birt left off will not be easy for Greg Dyke - there will be many difficult decisions and controversy on the road ahead.
The challenges ahead for Greg Dyke
Setting the BBC's priorities
What the audience wants


Greg Dyke is best known for saving TV-am with the hand-puppet Roland Rat. We take a closer look at what makes him the right man for the job.

Greg Dyke: The popular touch
Greg shoots ... he scores!
Roland Rat: My part in Greg Dyke's triumph
Have your say: Is Greg Dyke the man for the job?


Appointing a new director general is the job of the 12 members of the BBC's board of governors. We tell you who they are and how they go about making their choice.

The panel of governors
Careful selection at the top
Governors go for flair and experience

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