Highly regarded at the BBC before he was forced to resign as controller of BBC1 in 2007, after the channel was caught editing footage of the Queen in a misleading fashion. It may well be thought now that this was a relatively harmless scandal that has not damaged Fincham himself too much - especially as in his current role as director of television at ITV, he has presided over a revival in the channel's original drama slate, led by the massive success of Downton Abbey.
A former controller of BBC1 and BBC2 who also served for three years as chief executive of Channel 4. Jackson is currently based in the US, although he was mentioned as a potential executive chairman of ITV before Michael Grade took the job in 2007. It would be an unlikely comeback to the BBC for Jackson now - but before his sudden departure from the BBC in 1997, he had rapidly risen through the ranks there and been tipped for the DG role.