MICHAEL Lynton, President of AOL International and Acting Chief Executive of AOL Europe, Has Emerged as a Surprise Last-Minute Candidate to Become Chief Executive of Channel 4

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MICHAEL Lynton, President of AOL International and Acting Chief Executive of AOL Europe, Has Emerged as a Surprise Last-Minute Candidate to Become Chief Executive of Channel 4


MICHAEL Lynton, president of AOL International and acting chief executive of AOL Europe, has emerged as a surprise last-minute candidate to become chief executive of Channel 4.

Lynton, previously chairman of Penguin, is understood to be one of only two remaining contenders for the position.

The other is Mark Thompson, the BBC's director of television, who would be favourite if it were not for his lack of commercial experience and the nagging suspicion among senior Channel 4 managers that he would regard the role merely as a stepping stone to his ultimate ambition of becoming director-general of the BBC.

The Channel 4 board, chaired by Vanni Treves, is set to appoint the winning candidate tomorrow.

Lynton was highly regarded at Penguin, the Pearson-owned publisher, and before that ran Disney's Hollywood Pictures. He was credited with turning round Penguin and creating the Penguin music brand. He was also in the running for the director-general's job at the BBC, which went to Greg Dyke. …

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