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Sir Peter Lytton Bazalgette (/ˈbæzəldʒɛt/; born 22 May 1953) is a British television executive. He was elected President of the Royal Television Society and Deputy Chairman of the National Film School. He was knighted in the New Year Honours for 2012 for services to broadcasting.[1][2] He has been a benefactor to the arts and Chairman of English National Opera. He was Chair of Arts Council England
England
from 2012 until 2016.[3] He is now Executive Chairman of ITV.[4] In January 2017, The Empathy Instinct was published.

Contents

1 Personal life 2 Career 3 Other interests 4 References 5 External links

Personal life[edit] Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
is the great-great-grandson of Victorian civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. A third cousin is Edward Bazalgette who directed and produced the 2003 documentary The Sewer King which charted Sir Joseph Bazalgette's design and engineering of the London sewers. Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
presented a later television show for Five, called The Great Stink, and chaired the Crossness Engines Trust raising £4.5 million to restore the magnificent Victorian pumping station built by his ancestor. An old joke is that where Joseph Bazalgette was responsible for removing ordure from London's homes, his grandson has reversed the process.[5] For the first 12 years of his life Peter Bazalgette's parents did not have a television. He attended Dulwich College, and gained a third class degree in Law[6] from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
University while also becoming the president of the Cambridge Union Society. He is married to intellectual property rights lawyer Hilary Newiss, with whom he has two children. The family lives in Notting Hill. Career[edit] Bazalgette joined the BBC News
BBC News
graduate news training scheme, and was subsequently picked by Esther Rantzen
Esther Rantzen
as a researcher on That's Life! from 1977. While a reporter at the BBC for Man Alive, he joined Eric Parsloe's video production company Epic. The BBC put him in charge of producing the programme Food and Drink, where he claims to have created the celebrity chef. He continued producing by forming his own production company Bazal, which created hits for British TV including Ready Steady Cook, Changing Rooms and Ground Force. In 1990, Bazal was acquired by Broadcast Communications, which itself was absorbed by Endemol.[citation needed] In January 2005 Bazalgette became Chairman of Endemol
Endemol
UK and Creative Director of Endemol
Endemol
Group worldwide. He was responsible for shows including Big Brother and Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
which were hits around the world, and led Endemol's digital entertainment strategy. Although Big Brother was an adaption of an existing series in the Netherlands, Bazalgette is credited with popularising the format around the world thanks to the adaptations he built into the UK version. During Bazalgette's time on the global board, Endemol
Endemol
grew strongly and in 2005 it was launched on the Dutch stock exchange. Over the next eighteen months it trebled in value and was sold in 2007 for €3.2 billion. In September 2007 it was announced that Bazalgette was standing down as Chairman and would assume the role of advisor.[7] Bazalgette has long championed the value of the BBC for its trusted news and critical investment in original programming and creative talent. Along with others he has speculated how long the current funding model of the BBC will last, and whether in the future the licence fee might be reduced to pay specifically for core news and information content with voluntary subscription introduced to pay for drama and entertainment.[8] Bazalgette has been awarded fellowships by BAFTA
BAFTA
and the Royal Television Society, and is[when?] President of the Royal Television Society. He was as a non-executive director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In September 2012 he was appointed chairman of Arts Council England, and began his 4-year term on 31 January 2013.[9] The Independent
The Independent
argued that he may be "the most influential man in British television" as a result of his impact on the development of reality television and lifestyle TV programmes. The Daily Mail
Daily Mail
once named him as one of the "Ten Worst Britons" for Endemol's Channel 4 show Big Brother and the London
London
Evening Standard television critic Victor Lewis-Smith said that Bazalgette had "done more to debase television over the past decade than anyone else."[10] In September 2012 it was announced that he would succeed Dame Elizabeth Forgan as Chair of the Arts Council England.[3] In February 2016 Bazalgette was named as the Chairman of ITV, effective from 12 May 2016,[4] and In September 2016, it was announced that Sir Nicholas Serota would replace him at the Arts Council.[3] Other interests[edit] Bazalgette has co-written four books including The Food Revolution, You Don't Have to Diet, and a biography of Egon Ronay. He is author of a study of the international TV formats business, Billion Dollar Game and, most recently, The Empathy Instinct. He is a regular speaker at global media events and lectures on media convergence and creativity. He has written widely on privacy and the internet, young people and voting, arts and philanthropy, public service broadcasting and student volunteering. He was a consultant to two of Sony’s television divisions in the UK, and was non-executive director of Base79. He is currently on the board of ITV, YouGov and Nutopia and also a member of BBH’s Advisory Board. In early 2017 he was tasked with leading the new independent review of the creative industries for BEIS and DCMS. He is a former board member of Channel 4
Channel 4
and former Deputy Chairman of the National Film & Television School where he helped put up an £8million new teaching building. He was Chairman of English National Opera
English National Opera
and was a Trustee of Debate Mate.[11] References[edit]

^ "No. 60009". The London
London
Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 1.  ^ "New Year Honours for Corbett, Bonham Carter and golf champions". BBC News. Retrieved 31 December 2011.  ^ a b c Brown, Mark (4 September 2012). " Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
named chairman of Arts Council England". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2012.  ^ a b "Sir Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
named as chairman of ITV – BBC News". Retrieved 9 September 2016.  ^ "Big Bazalgette... why new Arts Council chairman is just like Marmite". Evening Standard. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.  ^ "My Life In Media: Peter Bazalgette". The Independent. London, UK. 8 November 2004.  ^ Chris Tryhorn "Bazalgette to leave Endemol", The Guardian, 27 September 2007. Retrieved on 27 September 2007. ^ "Newsnight" (26 November 2009) ^ "Sir Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
appointed Arts Council chairman". BBC News. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.  ^ "Peter Bazalgette: Attack is the best form of defence". The Independent. London, UK. 23 April 2007.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Peter Bazalgette.

Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
on IMDb Profile, The Guardian, May 2010; accessed 17 March 2014. Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
profile, Media Masterclass on Producing Television, blip.tv; accessed 17 March 2014. Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
at Zeitgeist Europe 2007 on YouTube The people who ruined the decade: PETER BAZALGETTE TV's posh popularist, guardian.co.uk; accessed 17 March 2014. Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette
speaker profile, chartwellspeakers.com; accessed 26 September 2016.

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