Formerly Director General of the BBC
Chairman of Brentford Football Club since 2006.
Chairman of the British Film Institute since 2008.
Between £300,000 and £400,000 as Director General.
He made £7 million out of deals while at LWT.
Salary – Bonuses – Pension etc
About the organisation
Director-General of the BBC from 2000 until 2004 when he resigned following heavy criticism of the BBC's news reporting process in the Hutton Inquiry.
He became Editor-in-Chief of TV-am in 1983 and the following year Director of Programmes for TVS (Television South).
He returned to LWT in 1987 as Director of Programmes; in 1990 he became Managing Director; and from 1991 to 1994 he was Group Chief Executive of LWT (Holdings) plc.
Later he joined Pearson Television as Chief Executive.
Born May 1947. He has four children with his partner, Sue Howes.
Dyke is the University Chancellor at York, 2004 to present.
He was an active supporter of the Labour Party and a financial donor. He left Labour after the Hutton Enquiry and the row with Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell. He then supported the Liberal Democrats.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the principal public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom. It is the largest broadcaster in the world with about 23,000 staff. It is funded principally by the annual television licence fee.
Mark Thompson, BBC the director-general is paid £838,000. "They need to look again at senior salaries at the BBC" says Dyke. "I was earning somewhere between £300,000 and £400,000 – so it's more than doubled…. It is an issue out there that is going to get more acute as the public expenditure cuts get greater."
Dyke resigned from the BBC on 29 January 2004 (as did Gavyn Davies & Andrew Gilligan), after the publication of the Hutton Report. Hutton described Dyke's approach to checking news stories as "defective". This followed a complaint by Alastair Campbell about a BBC story critical of the government’s justifications for the Iraq war. Dyke had immediately defended the story without investigating whether there was any merit to the complaint.
In an email sent to all BBC staff just prior to his resignation Dyke wrote:
“I accept that the BBC made errors of judgment and I've sadly come to the conclusion that it will be hard to draw a line under this whole affair while I am still here.” It was subsequently established that Dyke had offered his resignation to the BBC's Board of Governors while hoping that they would reject it.
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