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Plausible account of the directorship of the BBC,
This review is from: Greg Dyke: Inside Story (Paperback)
Greg Dyke's account of his rise to Director General of the BBC from a working class East London family via journalism and commercial TV. He rose to power and wealth through TVam and London Weekend Television and made his fortune building up the Pearson Group into one of the biggest independent production companies in the world.
According to his account (and believable), he turned round the morale and fortunes of the BBC following John Birt's efficiency drives by concentrating on programming and on the organisation and decision making powers of people throughout the organisation. He ran a Making it Happen campaign to move away from historically imbedded bureaucratic ethos within the BBC and empowered people. He seized the opportunities of the digital future and brought the BBC to the vanguard of digital broadcasting. He regarded Murdoch as too powerful and a threat to power structures within Britain.
But his downfall was brought about by his defence of freedom of the press (as he saw it) as threatened by Alistair Campbell and Tony Blair over the issue of Andrew Gilligan's reporting of the lack of substantial intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction to justify Britain's active support of the USA in the invasion of Iraq. He completely condemns the Hutton report into this issue as a whitewash and a submission to the institutional interests. He clearly is deeply hurt by what he regards and his unjust sacking from the BBC.
Plausible and readable.