January 29, 2004


BBC director general Greg Dyke today dramatically resigned as the corporation struggles to deal with the biggest crisis in its 82-year history.

He is the second senior figure at the corporation to quit in the past 24 hours in the wake of Lord Hutton’s devastating critique of the way the corporation handled the Kelly affair.

And in a dramatic sequence of events, the acting chairman Lord Ryder issued an “unreserved apology” for the “errors” of the past six months.

But will Andrew Gilligan keep his job?

UPDATE: Jeff Jarvis comments on Dyke’s resignation, and takes no prisoners:

This is the same sanctimonious prig who lectured U.S. media: “For any news organisation to act as a cheerleader for government is to undermine your credibility. They should be… balancing their coverage, not banging the drum for one side or the other.” Mr. Dykes, for any news organization to act as a cheerleader against governent is to undermine your credibility, wouldn’t you say?

Next: Bring us the head of Andrew Gilligan.

Note to self: Never get Jeff angry at me.

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