First week for new BBC Chairman

Michael Grade began his first week as chairman of the BBC on Monday by indicating that the appointment of a successor to former director general Greg Dyke was his “very first priority”, writes Wale Azeez.

“All I can say today is that we are determined to announce the appointment as soon as possible,” he said in a message to staff.

Grade, a former BBC One controller and director of television and Channel 4 chief executive, said it was “a thrill” to be back at the BBC and that his toughest challenge as chairman would be to defend the licence fee. “If the BBC arguments are strong enough, and there is enough public support, hopefully we will win the debate.

“We need to make a compelling case for the BBC to be allowed to continue as the unique, vibrant and creative organisation we know it to be.”

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