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Jeremy has spent over 45 years in television, producing some of the finest British television programmes of the 1960s and 1970s, including The World at War.  He was the pioneering Chief Executive of Channel 4 (1981-1987). As General Director of the Royal Opera House (1987-97), he widened repertory, raised standards of performance, and led the team planning the redevelopment of the theatre.

He returned to television in 1997 to make the 24-part series Cold War for CNN, and founded the digital channel Artsworld, which later became Sky Arts.  He chaired the panel that selected Liverpool as the UK’s Capital of Culture in 2008, and now serves as the UK’s representative on the European Commission’s panel to select future Capitals of Culture.

He has been awarded the Desmond Davis Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution  to Television (1971), a BAFTA Fellowship  (1984), a BFI Fellowship (1986), and an International Emmy (Directorate Award) (1987). He was knighted in 1996 and was President of the Royal Television Society from 1997 to 2000.