Dyke named new chairman of U.K.'s BFI


London -- The U.K. Film Council on Friday announced the appointment of Greg Dyke as the new chairman of the British Film Institute (BFI).

Dyke takes over from Brit helmer Anthony Minghella, who has chaired the organization since 2003. His four-year tenure begins in March.

The BFI is funded by the U.K. Film Council to carry out a range of activities supporting and developing film education and culture in the U.K.

"With more than 30 years' experience in the television industry starting as a researcher at LWT and becoming the director general of the BBC in 2000, Dyke has a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors and a long track record of leadership and running large organizations," the BFI said in a statement.

"He also has a particular interest in education at all levels and is currently Chancellor of the University of York and chairman of HIT, a production company specializing in programs for the under fives. He is also chairman of Brentford Soccer Club, a club where the majority of the shares are owned by the fans, and a non-executive director of ProSieben Sat.1, one of Europe's largest television groups."

In his four years at the BBC, Dyke started four new digital television channels, five new digital radio stations, opened two new BBC regions, launched the BBC's interactive television services and was the driving force behind Freeview.

Stewart Till, chairman of the U.K. Film Council said: "I am absolutely delighted that Greg has agreed to lead the BFI, not least because of his track record of leading large organizations and his exceptional ability to inspire and motivate the people around him.

"Thanks to Anthony Minghella's immense hard work, vision and commitment over the past five years, the BFI now has a solid foundation for the future with more money for the nation's archive secured, exciting plans underway for a new home for film and the BFI firmly established as a world-leading international film cultural and educational body.

"The BFI is now in a strong position to elevate its work to the next level and raise the ambition of the entire organization. There are huge opportunities offered by digital and the BFI is in a unique place to take advantage of them by getting its world-class film collection out to the public wherever they live.

"At the U.K. Film Council we look forward to working with Greg and the rest of the team to make this vision a reality."