Downing Street today announced
that Jeremy Peat has been appointed to the BBC's Board of Governors
as National Governor for Scotland.
Jeremy Peat, who will take up his new post on 1 January
2005, replaces Sir Robert Smith, who retires from the Board on
31 December after six years' service.
Michael Grade, BBC Chairman, announced today that Jeremy
Peat will also replace Sir Robert Smith as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Commenting on the appointment, Michael Grade said:
"Jeremy Peat will be an excellent representative
of Scotland's licence fee payers.
"His professional experience as one of Britain's
leading economists will ensure his contribution to the Board will benefit
licence fee payers throughout the UK.
"Indeed, his financial expertise and business experience
at home and abroad will be a significant asset in his role as Chairman
of the Audit Committee."
Jeremy Peat said: "I am delighted
to be joining the BBC's Board of Governors as National Governor for
"It is a great honour to represent Scotland's licence
fee payers and I look forward to working with the Broadcasting Council
members to ensure the BBC's services in Scotland deliver the greatest
public value and that Scotland is represented back to the wider UK.
"As the BBC's long term future is debated, I look
forward to working with my fellow Governors to ensure the Corporation
is strongly positioned to continue to deliver the quality broadcasting
that the British public expect and deserve across the whole UK."
Ken MacQuarrie, Controller, BBC Scotland, said: "I
am delighted that Jeremy Peat has been appointed as BBC National Governor
"I know that, in such challenging and exciting
times for the creative media industries in Scotland, his wide-ranging
experience and commitment to accountability will ensure a strong voice
for all viewers and listeners."
Notes to Editors
Jeremy Peat is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Bankers in Scotland and has been Group Chief Economist at the Royal
Bank of Scotland since 1993, where he is responsible for economic advice
to the Group Executive and to all businesses across the Group, in the
UK, USA and across Europe.
Prior to this, he worked as an Economic Adviser in a
number of Government Departments including the Scottish Office (1985-1993)
and HM Treasury (1984-1985).
He is a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh University School
of Management, an Honorary Professor at Heriot Watt University, a Member
of the CBI Economic Affairs Committee and a Member of Council of the
Scottish Economic Society.
Jeremy Peat was born in 1945. He is married with two