Dyke exits London Weekend TV

Greg Dyke, one of Britain’s most high-profile TV execs, will leave London Weekend Television, which he has headed for four years, following the successful hostile bid for the ITV station by Manchester-based Granada.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Dyke, 46, decided to quit because Granada helmer Charles Allen would not allow him to run both stations.

LWT chairman Christopher Bland was widely expectedto quit once the Granada takeover was accepted by LWT management, but Dyke’s position had been unclear, and the fact that he has in effect put himself on the job market is the subject of much speculation.

With T8.8 million ($ 13 million) of LWT stock, Dyke, one of the most dynamic operators in British broadcasting, can afford to bide his time before accepting another role, but his scheduling skills, management abilities and populist instincts should prompt a range of offers.

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