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Applying for the BBC

My application for BBC chairman was unsuccessful, but I did get a close-up view of the selection process

By David Dimbleby   June 2004

At the end of February I applied, for the second time, to become chairman of the BBC, the first being three years earlier before Gavyn Davies was appointed. In the past this post has been filled by an invitation from the relevant minister on behalf of the prime minister. Marmaduke Hussey recalls how his chairmanship resulted from a telephone call from the then home secretary: “Oh Dukie, it’s Douglas Hurd here, with a very odd question to ask you. Would you like to be chairman of the BBC?”

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