Greg Dyke was at Hayes Grammar School and graduated in politics from the University of York in 1974. After journalism, his long television career began in 1977 with London Weekend Television. As a producer, senior editor and Director of programmes his innovative commissioning and scheduling in TV-am, TV South and LWT led to success for the companies and progression to become Managing Director then in 1991 LWT Group Chief Executive.
As Chairman/Chief Executive of Pearson Television from 1994, he built the largest independent production company outside the US, and he was the first Chairman of Channel 5. In 1997 he reviewed the NHS Patients' Charter for the Secretary of State for Health.
Appointed Director-General of the BBC in 2000, his achievements included four new digital television stations, five new digital radio stations, the BBC’s first interactive television services, the start of Freeview and growth of BBC Education. He left the BBC in January 2004 in controversial circumstances following the report of the Hutton Inquiry, despite great BBC staff protest. He published Greg Dyke: Inside Story in September 2004.
Having been awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of York in 1999, Greg Dyke became its Chancellor in 2004. He became Chairman of Brentford Football Club in January 2006. He was for ten years a Trustee of the Science Museum and is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and of the National Film and Television School