Greg Dyke started life as a newspaper journalist before going to the University of York as a mature student to study politics.
He later joined London Weekend Television as a researcher and eventually became Chief Executive having been Editor in Chief at TVam and Director of Programmes at both TVS and LWT along the way.
He started what is today Freemantle Productions before becoming Director General of the BBC for four years between 2000 and 2004, the only person so far to have the job without going to either public school or Oxbridge. He left in rather controversial circumstances in a major bust up with the Government of the day.
He went on to become Chairman of the British Film Institute, Chancellor of the University of York, Chairman of the Football Association and Chairman of ATG one of the largest theatre groups in the world.