Director-General of the BBC

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The Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation is chief executive
Chief executive officer
A chief executive officer , managing director , Executive Director for non-profit organizations, or chief executive is the highest-ranking corporate officer or administrator in charge of total management of an organization...

 and (from 1994) editor-in-chief of the BBC.

The position was formerly appointed by the Board of Governors of the BBC
Board of Governors of the BBC
The Board of Governors of the BBC was the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It consisted of twelve people who together regulated the BBC and represented the interests of the public. It existed from 1927 until it was replaced by the BBC Trust on 1 January 2007.The governors...

 and is now appointed by the BBC Trust
BBC Trust
The BBC Trust is the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It is operationally independent of BBC management and external bodies, and aims to act in the best interests of licence fee payers....

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     (1927–1938)
  • Sir Frederick Ogilvie
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     (1938–1942)
  • Sir Cecil Graves
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     and Robert W. Foot
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     (joint Directors-General, 1942–1943)
  • Robert W. Foot
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     (1942–1944)
  • Sir William Haley
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     (1952–1959)
  • Sir Hugh Greene
    Hugh Greene
    Sir Hugh Carleton Greene KCMG, OBE was a British journalist and television executive. He was the Director-General of the BBC from 1960―1969, and is generally credited with modernising an organisation that had fallen behind in the wake of the launch of ITV in 1955.-Early life and work:Hugh was born...

     (1960–1969)
  • Sir Charles Curran
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     (1969–1977)
  • Sir Ian Trethowan
    Ian Trethowan
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     (1977–1982)
  • Alasdair Milne
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     (1982–1987)
  • Sir Michael Checkland
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     (1987–1992)
  • John Birt
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     (1992–2000)
  • Greg Dyke
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     (2000–2004)
  • Mark Thompson
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    (incumbent - since June 22, 2004)

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