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Dyke explains why he went
Greg Dyke
Mr Dyke's offer to resign was accepted by the governors
Shortly after announcing his resignation, outgoing BBC Director General Greg Dyke spoke to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark about the reasons he was stepping down.

She started by asking him if he thought he had acted in the best interests of the BBC.

I think no one suggested, even in a report that was very critical of the BBC, no one suggested that anyone had acted improperly.

The suggestion was that we had made, I suppose, misjudgements and those had very serious consequences. In those circumstances it was right for me to leave the BBC.

I don't see any other way of ending it. What matters about the BBC is not you or me and all of us, what matters is what we broadcast for the public of this country.

The BBC is a great broadcaster, it's a great organisation and therefore what matters is that people have confidence in that.

The Hutton inquiry and the Hutton report has undermined that confidence and therefore I think it's right that I should go.

Has it undermined confidence in the BBC for legitimate reasons? Do you think the management structures were not there to deal with an inquiry like this? Did you rush to judge too quickly and ask the government for support too quickly?

I didn't ask the government for support at any time. What I did do, and which I said to the inquiry, is that there was a particular day in time when I got involved in the issue.

I wish in retrospect that instead of working on Alistair's Campbell timetable I should have set up our own.

That's where I made a mistake, and that's why I am leaving.

Do you think the government has pushed too hard for a full apology? My understanding is that you were concerned that the BBC was going to have to apologise so whole-heartedly.

No, I didn't think that at all. I made an apology yesterday. It was supposed to be an apology, I'm not sure everyone recognised it was. I think that's probably my style.

Do you think there are going to be more casualties of this at the BBC?

Not that I know of.

What's important about the BBC now is that the BBC puts behind the last few months, which have been pretty disruptive, although we've still done some wonderful programmes - only this week the Office won the Golden Globe.

The BBC is a great organisation. But our job is to make programmes for the public.

It's not very complicated, it's only one job and that's to put out wonderful programmes, either the ones we make or the ones independent producers make but that's our job, our job is to be a great broadcaster.




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