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19 November 2018

Sir Christopher Bland

30 January 2017

Sir Christopher Bland, who was chairman of Canongate Books for 22 years, died on 28 January 2017. His stepson, Canongate's Chief Executive, Jamie Byng paid fulsome tribute telling The Bookseller that Bland was 'smart, dedicated, tough and inspiring' and without him Canongate would not be 'what it is today': The Bookseller 30 January 2016.

As well as his interest in publishing, Sir Christopher held influential positions in the arts and business including: chairman of the BBC board of governors between 1996 and 2001; chairman of BT; and head of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). BBC Director General Tony Hall said: 'Sir Christopher Bland was an outstanding chairman of the BBC. … He was hugely admired and will be greatly missed.' See the BBC website 28 January 2017.

Martin Adeney in The Guardian writes 'that at the age of 34, Bland, who did not then possess a television, launched the career in broadcasting that would define him' and  'left an extraordinary mark as one of the big beasts of British broadcasting'. See the obituary by Martin Adeney in The Guardian 29 January 2017.