Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, February 02, 2004
IT'S ONE TACTICAL BLUNDER AFTER ANOTHER for Mr Greg Dyke, the former boss of the Beeb.

First he makes the mistake of defending Gilligan's slander of Blair without looking at the evidence.

Mr Dyke said with hindsight he wished he had launched an inquiry into Andrew Gilligan's Radio 4 Today programme report when Mr Campbell first "went ballistic", rather than rushing to respond.

That left the charge open for some independent body to examine. Not a mistake our Biffer Balding would make.

Then he made the mistake of walking out the door of his Board's post-Hutton meeting, leaving them free to decide they didn't want him back:

Mr Dyke said he had told the board: "'If I haven't got your confidence, I can't stay'. ... "At that stage I left the room. An hour or so later I discovered they had decided to suggest I leave. I'd offered it - that was it."

You can see why this man was popular with his staff.

Now he wants to lead the staff conspiracy theorists from outside the gate:

The moment the BBC starts kowtowing to government, you might as well close it down - it's as simple as that .

But what do you do when the BBC becomes a political campaigner, unable or unwilling to behave professionally?

So far the only answer from the Beeb is denial.

Thousands of BBC staff have paid for an advert in a national newspaper supporting their former director general, Greg Dyke. ... The advert said: "Greg Dyke stood for brave independent and rigorous BBC journalism that was fearless in its search for the truth".

If Greg Dyke had shown the same qualities he'd still have a job.