08/03/2004

BBC begins search for Director-General

The BBC has advertised for a successor to Greg Dyke, following his resignation as Director General in the wake of the Hutton Report.

This follows the start last week of a search for a new BBC Chairman, a position whose previous incumbent, Gavyn Davies, was another post-Hutton casualty.

The advertisement for BBC Chairman has yielded an unprecedented number of applications, four times as many as the 2001 competition that saw Davies take the post.

It is understood that 79 people have applied for the £99,000-a-year position, with the media rumour mill touting names such retiring Tory MP Michael Portillo, former ITC Chief Executive Patricia Hodgson and former Channel Four Chairman Michael Grade as possible candidates.

The BBC's Chairman of Governors will have a leading role in deciding who will win through as the final choice for Director-General.

Acting Director-General Mark Byford is also expected to be a leading candidate.

(GB)

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