LONDON Feb. 27, Reuter: The BBC ended speculation over who would take over the top job in British Broadcasting when it announced last night that it had promoted Michael Check land to the post of Director-general.
Check land, currently the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Deputy Director-general, beat five other candidates for the job which fell vacant last month when Alisdair Milne suddenly resigned after a showdown with the board of governors.
Check land, a 50yearold accountant who joined the state chartered corporation in 1964, stepped in as acting head after Milne’s resignation. As deputy to Milne, Check land was in charge of the BBC’s financial housekeeping, resources and administration.
His shrewd manipulation of the Corporation’s purse strings earned him the nickname “Cheque book Check land”.
In a short statement, the Governors said the decision to appoint Check land had been unanimous.
Check land declined to comment.
Article extracted from this publication >> March 6, 1987