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Greg Dyke calls for BBC Trust to be scrapped

10 December 2009 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- Former BBC director general Greg Dyke has hit out at BBC bosses, saying that they are too highly paid, and reiterated his call for the scrapping of the BBC's oversight committee the BBC Trust.

Speaking at a Royal Television Society event Wednesday night, Dyke -- who was forced to resign in 2004 following a row with the government about how the pubcaster had covered the run-up to the Iraq War -- said that top salaries had virtually doubled since he had been at the helm.

"When I joined I took the salary I was offered, which happened to be exactly the same as my predecessor [John Birt] and when I left my basic salary was something like half what the current director general [Thompson] is now receiving," he told an audience of executives and broadcasters.

He urged incoming ITV chairman Archie Norman and Channel 4 chairman Terry Burns to squash salary levels when »

- By Mimi Turner

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Channel 4 appoints Terry Burns chairman

5 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- Former government mandarin and chairman of Abbey National Terry Burns has been appointed Channel 4 chairman, it was announced Thursday by media regulator Ofcom.

Burns, who has never run, or worked for, a media company, will replace outgoing chairman Luke Johnson who leaves at the end of the year, taking up the post of chairman designate of the publicly-owned broadcaster with immediate effect.

Burns will face the immediate task of hiring a replacement for outgoing Channel 4 chief executive Andy Duncan and negotiating a slew of commercial deals with partners including BBC Worldwide.

Burns, who was chief economic advisor and permanent secretary to the Treasury in the late nineties, also advised the then culture secretary Tessa Jowell on a review of the BBC's Charter five years ago.

He was chosen ahead of a slew of senior media industry figures thought to have interviewed for the job, including former BBC director general Greg Dyke, »

- By Mimi Turner

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