Michael Grade promised my father that he would oppose Channel 4 privatisation

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Perhaps Lord Grade, who now supports the privatisation of Channel 4 (Report, 4 April), needs reminding of the promise he gave my father, Lord Attenborough, when he was running the channel and my father was its chairman. Namely that he would die in a ditch before he’d see Channel 4 privatised or its public service commitment in any way diminished.

My father must be turning in his grave. I only wish he was here to face, expose and oppose him.

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Grade knows only too well that once profit becomes the prime motive, undertakings about risk, diversity, regional spread, grassroots commissions etc will inevitably be eroded and tragically disappear.
Michael Attenborough

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