Television pioneer to his air views



One of Britain’s most distinguished broadcasters will give an insight into his career in a talk at the University of Lincoln.


Sir Jeremy Isaacs was the founding chief executive of Channel 4 and produced the acclaimed World War II documentary series, The World at War.


He will discuss his life and work with University of Lincoln Professor Brian Winston at an event to launch the sixth season of the Lincoln Academy.


An Evening with Sir Jeremy Isaacs will take place in the EMMTEC building on the University’s Brayford Pool campus on Wednesday 8 October.


The conversation will cover some of the burning questions surrounding modern television– particularly whether the era of reality television equates to “dumbing down” of programming.


Prof Winston said Sir Jeremy was one of the pioneers of British current affairs television.


He said: “This is a person who has had an extraordinarily distinguished broadcasting career. He understands the potential of television to be an instrument of entertainment, education and information.”


Sir Jeremy’s television career began in 1958 at Granada Television, where he worked on the long-running current affairs programmes World in Action and What the Papers Say.


He is best known for producing the The World at War for Thames Television. The 26-episode documentary series, which took four years to make, was first screened in 1973.


He was controller of programmes at Thames Television when the TV film The Naked Civil Servant was commissioned. The actor John Hurt won the 1976 BAFTA for Best Actor for his portrayal of gay icon Quentin Crisp.


Sir Jeremy was the founding chief executive of Channel 4 in 1981 – a post he held until 1987. He went on to become Director General of the Royal Opera House.


His autobiography, Look Me in the Eye, was published in 2006 and became a best-seller.


Sir Jeremy recently donated more than 100 volumes from his collection of broadcasting and journalism books to the University of Lincoln’s Great Central Warehouse Library.


The Lincoln Academy is the name given to the University’s cultural outreach events. An Evening with Sir Jeremy Isaacs starts at 6.15pm on Wednesday 8 October. To attend, people must register with the University’s Events Office by phoning 01522 837008 or 01522 886436, emailing or writing to Events Office, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS. Registration is free but places are limited.