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Michael Grade's defection is bad for the BBC, but could be good for British television

By Christopher Hird   January 2007

On Tuesday 28th November, Chitra Bharucha, a former haematologist at Belfast City hospital, suddenly became the head of one of the most important media conglomerates in the world. It was not the quirks of inheritance law or the complexities of some business dynasty that brought this about, but the vagaries of the way Britain regulates its media. Bharucha is the vice-chairman of the BBC Trust, which takes over ultimate responsibility for the BBC on 1st January 2007. Her knowledge of broadcasting has been gained from serving on the BBC’s Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland and being the Northern Ireland representative…

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