Down to Business — New Names, New Roles — and Political Shadows on the Wall: 1982–84
There had never been such a year for recruitment for high-level jobs in broadcasting as 1981. In that year the new Central Television was looking for a managing director to replace Lord Windlesham, London Weekend was to lose its Director of Programmes, Michael Grade, to America, the newly appointed ITV contractors, TVS and TSW were staffing up and Channel Four was looking for a Director of Finance (it was to find a managing director instead) and the new channel-to-be was also seeking a dozen of a new breed of broadcasting animal — the commissioning editor. At the highest level, the BBC advertised for a new Director General to replace Sir Ian Trethowan and the IBA announced that its Director General, Sir Brian Young, would be retiring at the end of 1982. Perhaps because of the range of other opportunities, the response to the advertisement for the IBA job when it appeared in January 1982 was not overwhelming.
KeywordsTrade Union Industrial Relation Night Television Independent Television Trade Union Official
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