Poised to make Grade

TV, film vet eyed for post of BBC chairman

LONDON — TV and film industry vet Michael Grade is reportedly on the shortlist for the post of BBC chairman.

Grade, the former topper of broadcaster Channel 4 who now heads the U.K.’s Pinewood and Shepperton film studios, is an outspoken critic of what he considers the pubcaster’s failings.

Grade’s competition is believed to include political anchorman David Dimbleby ( Daily Variety, Aug. 10), BBC vice chairman Gavyn Davies and Baroness Jay, a member of the BBC’s board of governors.

Both Grade and Dimbleby were on the shortlist for BBC director general in 1987, but were beaten by Michael Checkland, then deputy director general.

The job opened up when BBC chairman Christopher Bland took over the same post at British Telecom earlier this year.

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