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Sir Richard Eyre to leave BBC Board of Governors

The BBC announced today (Wednesday 26 March 2003) that Sir Richard Eyre has decided to leave the BBC Board of Governors because he is unable to give the role the time it requires.

Richard Eyre said: "I'm no longer able to combine my duties as a Governor with my work as a freelance theatre and film director.

"In the current year I have had to spend two months in New York, and will be filming for three months this summer.

"Consequently, with great regret, I feel that I have to resign from the BBC's Board of Governors.

"In the six years I have spent on the Board, I have been involved in a number of major changes. It has been hugely invigorating, often surprising, and always interesting to be part of the debate.

"I have been involved with the BBC since 1978, when I became Producer of Play for Today and while it is obvious that, like any media or arts organisation, the fortunes of the corporation have been uneven, I believe that it is currently in a healthy state.

"It is confidently and shrewdly led, and in the areas of my particular interest - drama and arts - I believe there is substantial cause to be optimistic for its future."

BBC Chairman Gavyn Davies said: "When I became Chairman in September 2001 I was fortunate to inherit a Board containing Richard Eyre.

"He exudes integrity and demonstrates passion for the BBC, its purpose, people and programmes.

"His persistent, articulate argument to do for arts programming what the BBC has done for science and history, is paying dividends. It's a pity he won't be on the Board to judge the full impact of the new arts strategy.

"Although I will miss Richard personally very much, I recognise that it has become impossible for him to combine his directing work with being a Governor. We all wish him continuing success."

Notes to Editors

Sir Richard Eyre was appointed a BBC Governor in November 1995. In October 2000 he was appointed for a second term of office due to end in November 2004.

Sir Richard Eyre has written to the Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell to resign with effect from 31 May 2003.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport will begin the process of appointing a successor to Sir Richard Eyre using the established Nolan procedure.

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