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David Gordon talks to Christopher Bland, the new chairman of the BBC. Do we need public service broadcasting?

By David Gordon   March 1996

Christopher Bland’s surname is misleading. Robust, Blunt, even A-Touch-Bullying would be more accurate. His appointment as chairman of the BBC, taking over from Duke Hussey in April, has been widely welcomed. He is patently going to be a doughty defender of the BBC’s independence from politicians-many of whom, on the Tory side, he has known since university (where he fenced). His friends are slightly in awe of his abrasive manner and his nonsense-curtailing “Bollocks!” He is rich, having made two piles of money-from a printing company and then from London Weekend Television. He is an entity. Bland becomes chairman as…

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