The future and the history of television

Wasn’t it actually, genuinely, thoroughly exciting about Michael Grade going to ITV? Ask anyone to name a British TV executive and they’d name him, he’s that well known inside and outside the industry. Okay, they might also name Greg Dyke. Doctor Who fans might name Julie Gardner. Drama nuts like me would point to Jane Tranter.

But even I used to haver if asked who was running ITV these days and I’m a dyed-in-the-polyester anorak.

I read Grade’s autobiography a few years ago and was a fan before but admired still him more afterwards. And I just looked on my shelves to tell you the title of the book and I can’t find it. Have you borrowed my book?

Anyway, I have worked for ITV but not really so much that it or I noticed, yet it’s been despairing watching it become like a cheap digital cast-off and Michael Grade’s move is the best news in many years. And speaking of years, he’s committed to staying at ITV for three, which means he’ll be 66 when he goes. Not sure I see that man ever retiring, but if he does, this could be a pretty good end to an astonishingly interesting career. Or a pretty bad one, depending.

And speaking of the future, the history is back: I don’t know the dates but Imagine has been re-scheduled for before Christmas and my feature has been ever-so-slightly cut down from two pages to about 40 words. It’ll be the TV Insider piece on whichever day Imagine airs. Please read slowly: it’s an expensive 40 words!


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