Thursday, 21 July 2011
THE GREAT STINK
Peter "Baz" Bazalgette (born on 22 May 1953) is a British media expert who helped create the independent TV production sector in the UK and went on to be the leading creative figure in the global TV company Endemol.
Widely known as Baz, The Independent has argued he may be "the most influential man in British television" because of his commercial fire power and impact on the development of both reality television and his pioneering role in lifestyle TV programmes." The Daily Mail named him as one of the "Ten Worst Britons" for Endemol's Five show The Farm, in which Rebecca Loos became intimate with a pig. The London Evening Standard television critic Victor Lewis-Smith says that Bazalgette has "done more to debase television over the past decade than anyone else."
Peter Bazalgette is the great-great-grandson of Victorian civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. A third cousin is Edward Bazalgette who directed and produced the 2003 documentary The Sewer King which charted Sir Joseph Bazalgette's design and engineering of the London sewers. Bazalgette himself presented a later show for five, called The Great Stink
For the first 12 years of his life Peter Bazalgette's parents didn't have a television. He attended Dulwich College, and gained a third class degree in Law from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University while also becoming the president of the Cambridge Union Society.
Bazalgette joined the BBC News graduate news training scheme, and was subsequently picked by Esther Rantzen as a researcher on "That's Life!" from 1977.
While a reporter at the BBC for "Man Alive," he joined Eric Parsloe's video production company Epic. The BBC put him in charge of producing the programme "Food and Drink," where he claims to have created the celebrity chef. He continued producing by forming his own company Bazal, which created hits for British TV including Ready Steady Cook, Changing Rooms and Ground Force.
In 1990, Bazal was acquired by Broadcast Communications which itself was absorbed by Endemol. In September 2007 it was announced that he was standing down from this position to assume the role of advisor.
Although John de Mol invented Big Brother in the Netherlands, Bazalgette is credited with popularising the format around the world thanks to his adaptations built into the UK version.
In January 2005 Bazalgette became Chairman of Endemol UK and Creative Director of Endemol Group worldwide. He was responsible for shows including Big Brother and Deal or No Deal which were hits around the world, and led Endemol's digital entertainment strategy. During his time on the global board Endemol grew strongly and in 2005 it was launched on the Dutch stock exchange. Over the next eighteen months it trebled in value and was sold in 2007 for €3.2 billion, where Bazalgette was paid £4.6m in salary.
He writes a regular column in Prospect magazine called Smallscreen on television and the media.
He co-wrote four books including The Food Revolution and You Don't Have to Diet, is author of a study of the international TV formats business, Billion Dollar Game and is a regular speaker at global media events.
He is non-executive Chairman of two of Sony’s television divisions in the UK, Chairman of MirriAd, non-executive director of MyVideoRights and Nutopia and also a member of BBH’s Advisory Board. He is a former board member of Channel 4 and is a non-executive director of the market research company, YouGov. He is Deputy Chairman of English National Opera and is a Trustee of Debate Mate.
He lectures on media convergence and creativity.
He advocates changing the funding model of the BBC by reducing the licence fee to pay specifically for its core news and information content with voluntary subscription introduced to pay for drama and entertainment.
He is married to intellectual property rights lawyer and bioethicist, Hilary Newiss, with whom he has two children. The family lives in Notting Hill.
PETER BAZALGETTE IS ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY. THEY GAVE AN AWARD TO A POLITICALLY BIASED DOCUMENTARY BY CHANNEL TV WHICH USED THE SERVICES OF MI5 AGENT AND PROFESSIONAL DISCREDITOR OF CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS DAVID ROSE TO TRASH OPERATION RECTANGLE. SINCE THEN THEY ARE REFUSING TO ANSWER PERFECTLY REASONABLE FOI REQUESTS ON WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR NOMINATING THAT PROGRAM FOR AN AWARD.