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New BBC Governors appointed

Category: BBC

Date: 29.07.2004
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Downing Street today announced that Anthony Salz has been appointed Vice-Chairman of the BBC and Richard Tait has been appointed a Governor of the BBC.


Downing Street also announced that Dermot Gleeson has been re-appointed for second four-year term of office as a Governor.


Separately, Sir Robert Smith, National Governor for Scotland, has said that he will step down from the BBC Board of Governors at the end of 2004.


Anthony Salz and Richard Tait will take up their posts on 1 August, each for a four-year term.


Anthony Salz replaces Lord (Richard) Ryder of Wensum who retired from the Board at the end of June 2004.


Richard Tait replaces Baroness (Sarah) Hogg who left the Board in February 2004 at the end of her four-year term of office.


Dermot Gleeson's term of office will now run until October 2008.


Commenting on the appointments, BBC Chairman Michael Grade said: "I greatly welcome the appointments of Anthony Salz and Richard Tait and look forward to working with them.


"Anthony Salz is among the most respected lawyers in British corporate life and will bring a wealth of experience to the BBC Board table. He is well qualified for the role of Vice-Chairman.


"There could be no better time for Richard Tait to be joining the Board of Governors.


"His experience of broadcast journalism, on the front line and in management, is second to none.


"His wise counsel will be particularly valuable as the BBC implements the recommendations of the Neil Report and the complaints handling review.


"I am pleased to be retaining Dermot Gleeson on the Board for a further four years. He has demonstrated real commitment to the BBC and will provide important continuity over the next few years.


"We shall be very sorry to lose Robert Smith who has been very influential as National Governor for Scotland.


"I understand that Robert feels that the burden of his external commitments means that remaining the BBC's National Governor for Scotland is unsustainable beyond the end of this year."


Notes to Editors


Anthony Salz


Anthony Salz is currently the co-senior partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.


He has been a solicitor since 1974 and joined Freshfields in 1975.


In his time there he has been head of its corporate department (1994-1996) and head of its corporate finance practice (1990-1994).


His work has included projects in the broadcasting sector such as the merger of BSB with Sky.


He was the first chairman of the Tate Gallery's Corporate Advisory Group (1997-2002) and is a Trustee of the Tate Foundation.


He is also a Trustee of the Eden Project and a member of the Business in the Community's Business Action on Homelessness Executive Forum.


Richard Tait


Richard Tait is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism Studies, Cardiff University.


He was Editor-in-Chief of ITN from 1995 to 2002, and Editor of ITN's Channel Four News from1987 to 1995.


Before joining ITN he had been Editor of The Money Programme, Newsnight and the 1987 General Election Results Programme for BBC Television.


He is vice chairman of the International Press Institute, and a Fellow of the Society of Editors and of the Royal Television Society.


He is a Trustee of the John Schofield Memorial Trust and a Member of the Advisory Boards of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and of the International News Safety Institute.


He was a member of the Government Communications Review Group.


He is married with one daughter and lives in London.


Dermot Gleeson


Dermot Gleeson has been a BBC Governor since November 2000.


He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Property Committee.


He joined the MJ Gleeson Group plc in 1982 and became Chief Executive in 1988 and Chairman in 1994.


He has been a director of the Housing Corporation from 1990 to 1995 and of the Construction Industry Training Board from 1995 to 2002.


He is also Chairman of the Major Contractors Group.


Dermot was a former Head of the Home Affairs Section of the Conservative Research Department and a member of Christopher Tugendhat's cabinet in the European Commission from 1977 to 1979.


He was EEC representative of the Midland Bank in Brussels from 1979 to 1981.


He is married with one son and one daughter.


Sir Robert Smith


Sir Robert Smith has been the BBC's National Governor for Scotland since August 1999.


He is Chairman of the Programme Complaints Committee and member of the Audit Committee, Property Committee and Councils and Advisory Bodies Committee.


He is also the Chairman of BBC Children in Need.


He is currently Chairman of the Weir Group plc, Deputy Chairman of Scottish and Southern Energy plc and holds non-executive directorships with the Standard Bank Group Ltd and Aegon UK plc.


He is a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland and on the Board of Trustees of the British Council.


He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


In January 2003 he published the Smith report on Audit Committees on behalf of the Financial Reporting Council.






Category: BBC

Date: 29.07.2004
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