BBC's new chairman to be announced soon

March 28, 2004 at 12:38 PM
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LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- The British Broadcasting Corp. will soon name its new chairman to succeed Gavyn Davies, who resigned in January.

The panel responsible for appointing a new chairman has made its recommendation, the BBC reported Sunday quoting Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. The new chairman is expected to be announced in three weeks.

A total of 79 people applied for the corporation's top job and interviews were held last week. Contenders are thought to have included former Channel 4 boss Michael Grade and the host of Question Time, David Dimbleby, the report said.

The panel's recommendation must also be approved by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the Queen.

Along with the board of governors, the new chairman will be responsible for appointing a new director-general to replace Greg Dyke.

Dyke resigned earlier this year in the wake of the Hutton Report, relating to issues leading up to Britain's participation in the Iraqi war.

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