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.