News Bloodbath of nostalgia: Michael Grade is preparing to say farewell to BBC Television Centre which is to be turned into a £200m complex of shops and offices

Lord Grade, the former chairman of both the BBC  and ITV, has been suggested as a potential "mediator" who could help broker the current impasse over future press regulation.

Birt 'tried to block Grade's BBC job'

Tony Blair was told by Lord Birt that his choice of Michael Grade as BBC chairman earlier this year was the "worst public appointment" he had ever made. John Birt's intervention is revealed by Greg Dyke in the latest instalment of his score-settling memoirs.

Harry Potter boosts Pinewood's profits

The films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the latest Harry Potter helped take Pinewood Shepperton's half-year profits to a record £6.7m.

Grade orders investigation into BBC's finances

New chairman calls in outside auditors to carry out crucial review

A clear vision for the future of the BBC

The BBC'S charter manifesto was unveiled by Mark Thompson and Michael Grade yesterday to the sort of fanfare usually reserved for political rallies. But with Lord Hutton's criticism still echoing down the corporation's corridors, and the charter up for review in less than two years' time, the new director general and chairman can be forgiven for setting out their stall as boldly as possible. If they get this wrong, they risk going down in history as the men in charge when the BBC finally went down.

Auntie needs some radical surgery

Forgive my cynicism, but a lot of what the BBC has announced is window dressing pure and simple

Grade wants independent panel to set licence fee

Michael Grade, the chairman of the BBC, has been accused of "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut" after suggesting the power to set the level of the licence fee should be taken away from the Government and handed to a new independent body.

The news from your doorstep

Could one of Greg Dyke's old ideas save the BBC's charter? Tim Luckhurst hears how 'very' local news may be the corporation's secret weapon

Grade will have to leave BBC board meetings if Pinewood is on the agenda

Michael Grade, the newly appointed chairman of BBC governors, will be forced to absent himself from the boardroom if Pinewood Studios, which he also chairs, is discussed, it emerged yesterday.

Grade confirmed as BBC chairman

Michael Grade was confirmed by Downing Street today as the new chairman of the BBC board of governors.

Michael Grade: Has his time finally come?

At the time it seemed like little more than cheap point-scoring but the comments made by Michael Grade when he last put himself forward for the chairmanship of the BBC now seem deeply insightful. As he threw his name into the ring to succeed outgoing chairman Christopher Bland three years ago, Mr Grade took a side-swipe at his chief rival Gavyn Davies: "His association with the current government is not a reflection on him, but I'd like to see politics taken out of the top BBC appointments. In a regulated national cultural institution like the BBC, it's wrong that people with known political affiliations should be in the top jobs, director-general excepted."

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