So what will former BBC director general Greg Dyke do now?
Ousted from the Beeb in January following publication of the Hutton report, he’s been rumored to be taking over the CEO’s chair at ITV.
Speculation has been rife that Dyke may be parachuted in to replace ex-Granada topper Charles Allen, who became ITV chief exec in February after the merger of Granada and Carlton.
Many ITV programmakers and execs resent Allen’s cost-cutting approach to running Blighty’s No. 1 commercial web. Ex-accountant Allen is widely regarded as a suit with little understanding of the creative process.
Making such a prospect more intriguing, it turns out Dyke was ousted as managing director of London Weekend TV in 1994 when Granada bought the company in a hostile takeover: He might just relish taking revenge on his old enemy.