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The London interview

The London interview
TX Date
30 Aug 1980
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The London Interview. Brian Hayes interviews Michael Grade, Director of Programmes for London Weekend Television. When he left school, Grade’s father, an agent for performing artists, secured him an interview with Hugh Cudlipp at the Daily Mirror, where he started as a tea boy and was eventually given his own sports column. After six years he joined his father’s business as an agent, and discovered Larry Grayson and Freddie Starr, but eventually joined LWT as head of light entertainment. He says he has resisted the urge of making programmes suitable for the lucrative American market because it would result in creative compromises. Interview in two parts, divided by break in audio.
Brian Hayes; Michael Grade
London; Television; Broadcasting; Commercial television; LWT; Public service broadcasting; Michael Grade; Larry Grayson; Hugh Cudlipp; Billy Marsh; Freddie Star; Cyril Bennett

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