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Sir Michael Grade is a media executive and former Chairman of the BBC, currently Executive Chairman of ITV.

Born in London in 1943, Michael Grade was educated at Stowe & St. Dunstan’s College.

A sports columnist on the Daily Mirror from 1960-66, he spent the next seven years as joint Managing Director of the London Management talent agency.

In 1973 he became Head of Entertainment & Director of Programmes at London Weekend Television, leaving in 1981 to move to the USA to become President of Embassy Television.

He joined the BBC as Controller in September 1984 and, in conjunction with this role, became Director of Programmes in June 1986 & Management Director Designate in 1987.  In May 2004 he was appointed chairman of the BBC Governors.

Michael spent nine years from 1988 as Chief Executive at Channel 4 television, leaving in June 1997 to become Executive Chairman of the First Leisure Corporation.  In October 1998, on the appointment of a Non-Executive Chairman, he became Chief Executive & oversaw the restructuring of the company, leaving at the end of 1999.

Since leaving First Leisure, Sir Michael Grade has become Executive Chairman of Pinewood & Shepperton Studios & is also Chairman of Hemscott plc, a leading supplier of business & investment information over the internet.  In January 2002, he became Chairman of the Camelot Group, operators of the national lottery, Chairman of the Royal National Theatre’s Development Council, is a member of the Council of the Royal Albert Hall, a Trustee of the National Film & Television School, a Director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Chairman of Index on Censorship & is also on the Board of Charlton Athletic Football Club.

In 1989 Sir Michael Grade was asked by the Home Secretary to chair the Working Group on the Fear of Crime & from 1994 to 1996 he was a member of the National Commission of Inquiry into the prevention of child abuse.

From November 2006 to December 2009 Sir Michael was the Executive Chairman of ITV.

Sir Michael Grade was awarded a CBE in the 1998 New Year’s Honours list.

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