Making the Grade

Sunday, August 31, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

Once I would have been appalled at the idea of scrapping ITV, but not anymore. Read more

Grade one tinkering at ITV

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 by · Comments Off 

It looks like Michael Grade is making his mark at ITV. BBC News reports that he plans to double spending on content to £1.2 billion by 2012, scrapping those awful late-night money-raking quiz “programmes” and merging some of ITV’s smaller regional news services. Getting rid of the quiz rip-offs has to be a good move (not because they are appalling programming by the way, but because “negative publicity… has seen call volumes drop to uneconomic levels”), but is merging the regions wise? Hasn’t regional identity been diluted enough as a result of corporate branding?

Talking the Michael

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 by · Comments Off 

If anyone can sort out ITV, Grade’s the man. There’s really nobody else. Well, there is, but when Greg Dyke was asked about it the other week he reckoned Pol Pot had more chance of getting the job. Read more