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University announces An Audience with Greg Dyke

Posted on 14 February 2014

Greg Dyke, Chancellor of the University of York and Chairman of the Football Association and the British Film Institute, will answer questions on subjects ranging from education to the World Cup at a special event in Manchester.

Greg Dyke

An Audience with Greg Dyke on the 6 March, 2014, will take place at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel, Free Trade Hall, Peter St, from 7:15pm. Tickets are limited and £5 per head. 

Greg Dyke is expected to discuss the future of the media and football, as well as answering questions from the floor. The event, to formally launch the North West’s new University of York Alumni Association, is open to the public and will focus on the successes and challenges of an intriguing career.

Rob McLoughlin, TV Presenter and Producer, will host the event, which will include clips from Greg Dyke’s life and career.

Rob McLoughlin said: “Greg is one of the country’s most outspoken and at times, controversial, executives and broadcasters. Throughout his remarkable career he has spoken his mind and at times, damned the consequences. Now he has a pivotal role in the future of not only English Football but also education and other areas of public life.

“This will be a unique opportunity for members of the public along with professionals from the worlds of sport and media to question one of the most influential figures in Britain over the last few decades.

“I’m looking forward to understanding more about his life, drive, politics and some of the most controversial moments in his life such as his departure from the BBC and his current thinking on Roy Hodgson and England’s chances in the World Cup. It will be a must to attend.”

Greg Dyke said: “Manchester has always been important in my life, not only in relation to Manchester United where I served as a Board Director but in reshaping the BBC and increasing their presence in the North of England.

“This event is important in formally launching a new Alumni Association and I’m looking forward to debating all these issues with Rob and the audience.”

About Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Set inside Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel has brought a new generation of award-winning luxury to one of the city’s oldest and most iconic buildings whilst continuing to celebrate the building’s proud history of music.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel is located on Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP. The Hotel has 263 bedrooms, including doubles and twins, 20 al fresco suites and four Pennine suites: two with one bedroom; and two with two bedrooms.

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Notes to editors:

  • Greg Dyke was educated at Hayes Grammar School and graduated in politics from the University of York in 1974. His 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 helped him 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.
  • Awarded an honorary Doctorate by 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.
  • Rob McLoughlin is an award winning Presenter and Producer; a former Director of Granada Television Ltd and founder of Hasgrove plc.
  • He is a former World in Action investigator and has hosted political and election programmes on ITV since 1994.  He graduated from University of York in Politics.           

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