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“Public Interest in Television” the Investec Lecture in Business, by Michael Grade

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Registration in advance is required before 18 November 2010

Dear members of the Screen Media and Cultures community,I hope that this message finds you well. As the Fellow and Director of Studies in Management in Magdalene College, I am responsible for the organization of the annual “Magdalene College – Investec Lecture in Business”. This large scale, high-profile college initiative aims to invite distinguished Directors and CEOs of major international corporations to deliver insightful and provocative lectures on a theme of their own choosing related to their experience of the business world.

I believe that this year’s lecture will be of particular interest to you.

The third Magdalene College – Investec Lecture in Business, by Michael Grade, Chairman of Pinewood Shepperton Film Studios Plc, Ocado Plc and James Grant Group Ltd, is taking place on Wednesday 24 November 2010 in Cripps Court, Magdalene College. I very much hope that you can attend what promises to be a momentous lecture. Michael Grade is a world-class speaker, and a living legend of the television and entertainment world. On 24th November in Magdalene College, he will put forward to us and to the world media a very provocative, controversial and forward looking proposal to radically reform the current broadcasting landscape.

Please find the details of the lecture below, and in the attached poster. Thanks to our sponsor Investec, the event is free. However seats are limited, and will be allocated on a “first registered, first served” basis. Registration in advance is required before 18 November 2010. The easiest way to register, as stated below, is via e-mail:

The Third Magdalene College – Investec Lecture in Business

Michael Grade, CBE Chairman of Pinewood Shepperton Film Studios Plc, Ocado Plc and James Grant Group Ltd

“Public Interest in Television” In this thought provoking lecture, Michael Grade will put forward a radical proposal to ensure plurality within the current broadcasting landscape.

Sir Humphrey Cripps Theatre, Cripps Court, Magdalene College Wednesday 24 November 2010, 5.45pm – 7.30pm Reception to follow in the Denis Murphy Gallery, Cripps Court

Short biography: Born in London in 1943, Michael Grade was educated at Stowe and St Dunstan’s College. After working as a sports columnist on the Daily Mirror, he was appointed joint MD of the London Management talent agency. In 1973, he became Head of Entertainment and Director of Programmes at LWT , leaving in 1981 to become President of Embassy Television in the USA . He moved back to London in 1984 to join the BBC , first as Controller of BBC1 , then as Director of Programmes in 1986 and Managing Director BBC Television Designate in 1987. Michael Grade left the BBC in 1987 to become Chief Executive of Channel 4, a post he held for almost 10 years. He left in 1997 to become Chairman and Chief Executive of The First Leisure Corporation. He became Chairman of Pinewood Shepperton Film Studios Plc in 2000, and of the national lottery operator Camelot. In 2004, Michael Grade relinquished the Chairmanship of Camelot to become Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors. He left the BBC in 2007 to become Executive Chairman of ITV Plc, a post he held until the end of 2009.

Please RSVP by Thursday 18 November 2010 by e-mailing Catherine Lees:

The Sir Humphrey Cripps Theatre and Denis Murphy Gallery are both located in Cripps Court, a state-of-the-art new development opposite the main college site on Chesterton Road. This event is jointly organised by Magdalene College and Investec, the international specialist banking group.

On behalf of the Master and Fellows of Magdalene College, I hope we will welcome you to what promises to be a most exciting and thought-provoking lecture.

Yours ever,

Allegre Dr Allègre L. Hadida Judge Business School and Magdalene College, University of Cambridge Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1AG , UK Tel.: + 44 (0) 1223 339612 Fax: + 44 (0) 1223 339701 E-mail:

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