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New BBC topper orders review of Broadcast ops

Dyke may reintegrate two divisions

LONDON — Greg Dyke, director general designate of the BBC, on Monday ordered a review of BBC Broadcast, the pubcaster’s commissioning and scheduling arm.

Dyke, the former chief exec of Pearson Television, will spend the next five months working in conjunction with outgoing DG John Birt, until he assumes the mantle in April.

The review, jointly announced by Dyke and Birt, will look at the structure and operations of Broadcast and its relationship with the Beeb’s other divisions.

Separation anxiety

Dyke is thought to have reservations about having Broadcast and BBC Prod. — which makes the corporation’s programming — as separate entities, and may be seeking ways to partially reintegrate the two.

Will Wyatt, chief exec of Broadcast, retires at the end of the year and will likely not be replaced until February, when the review is skedded to be complete.

Early exit

Media speculation indicates that Dyke will take charge before April, and that Birt could exit early with an appointment to the House of Lords.

Dyke, who is considered friendly to creatives and impatient with bureaucracy, appears to be viewed positively by BBC staff.