David Dimbleby applied for the job but didn't get it. But he has written a very insightful close up look at his experience how the British establishment works (or doesn't).
[The BBC's] future depends on its finding a way of being true to those origins in the expanding world of communications. Since it is funded by the public, it must try to reach as much of that public as it can with programming which is informative and entertaining.We can but dream here in New Zealand of getting anything approaching a national public television service worthy of that name.
The job, incidentally, went to Michael Grade, who was CE of Channel 4 TV (The only job in the world I used to covet).