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Bazalgette made Arts Council chair
05.09.12 | Benedicte Page
TV executive Sir Peter Bazalgette has been appointed chairman of Arts Council England. Bazalgette, founder of TV production company Endemol, chair of English National Opera and president of the Royal Television Society, will take over from Dame Liz Forgan early in 2013.
The four-year appointment was made by outgoing culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, and approved by prime minister David Cameron.
Bazalgette will "provide strategic leadership and act as an ambassador for the arts," the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said.
Arts Council chief executive Alan Davey hailed it as "an excellent appointment", saying: "Peter is a great philanthropic contributor to the arts; an enthusiast who has done amazing work with English National Opera and has helped the Arts Council over the years to develop our digital thinking. We look forward to working with him."
Other responses included that of author Jeanette Winterson, who tweeted: "The man who brought us Big Brother and Endemol. Has anyone done less for culture?"