Dyke loses media top spot after BBC departure

Former BBC director general Greg Dyke’s departure from the broadcaster following the Hutton report today saw him plummet down an industry list of Britain’s most influential media figures.

Former BBC director general Greg Dyke’s departure from the broadcaster following the Hutton report today saw him plummet down an industry list of Britain’s most influential media figures.

Mr Dyke, 57, who stepped down from his role in the wake of the publication of the inquiry’s findings, fell from number one in last year’s poll to 89th place.

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch recaptured first position in the Media Guardian 100, complied by a panel of industry experts, with new BBC chairman Michael Grade, 61, placed in second spot.

Mr Murdoch, 73, the owner of four national newspapers and the largest shareholder in BSkyB, is joined on the list by son James Murdoch,

The 31-year-old chief executive of the satellite broadcaster is at number 12 and among a clutch of highly placed new entries.

New proprietors of the Telegraph titles, David and Frederick Barclay also join this year’s rankings, positioned at 11.

ITV chairman Peter Burt, 60, enters the list at number 4, three places ahead of highest placed newspaper journalist Paul Dacre, the 55-year-old editor-in-chief of Associated Newspapers.

The Sun’s political editor Trevor Kavanagh, 61, is listed at eight, rising from 56 last year and a full 33 places higher than his own editor Rebekah Wade.

Google search engine founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are new entries at 20, but author JK Rowling and comedian Ricky Gervais both drop out of the top 100.

MEDIA GUARDIAN 100 TOP 10:

1. Rupert Murdoch, 73, chairman and chief executive, News Corporation

2. Michael Grade, 61, chairman, BBC

3. David Currie, 57, chairman, Ofcom

4. Peter Burt, 60, chairman, ITV

5. Tessa Jowell, 56, culture secretary

6. Mark Thompson, 46, director general, BBC

7. Paul Dacre, 55, editor-in-chief, Associated Newspapers

8. Trevor Kavanagh, 61, political editor, the Sun

9. Martin Sorrell, 59, group chief executive, WPP

10. Stephen Carter, 40, chief executive, Ofcom

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