Andrew Neil revealed as a candidate for top BBC job

- Andrew Neil, the former BSkyB chairman and Sunday Times editor, has emerged as a possible candidate for the director general's job at the BBC.

- Andrew Neil, the former BSkyB chairman and Sunday Times editor, has emerged as a possible candidate for the director general's job at the BBC.

Neil, who has been an outspoken critic of the BBC for a number of years, has already been interviewed for the top job at the corporation.

In the past he has argued the BBC should be shrunk down to a single television station and three national radio networks, a policy at odds with the BBC's global and digital expansion plans.

Neil is currently heading up the Barclay Brothers newspaper group, which comprises Sunday Business, the Scotsman and the Edinburgh Evening News.

Although Neil, who was once very close to Rupert Murdoch, is unlikely to be appointed, he is one of a small group of external candidates who are being interviewed as possible candidates to succeed Sir John Birt, the current director general.

The key outsiders are thought to include David Elstein, chief executive of Channel 5, and Greg Dyke, chairman of Pearson Television. A strong internal candidate is Alan Yentob, who is currently the controller of BBC1.



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