Michael Grade has a long and distinguished career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC (as Controller of BBC-1) and over nine years as Chief Executive of Channel Four Television. In May 2004, he was appointed Chairman of the BBC, succeeding Gavyn Davies, resigning in November 2006 when his appointment as Executive Chairman of ITV was announced.
He stepped down from ITV at the end of 2009. He is non-executive Chairman of Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios. He was non-executive chairman of Ocado, the online food retailer, from 2006 until 2013.
Michael has presented many television programmes for the BBC, most recently BBC4’s The Story of Tom Thumb and Goodbye from Television Centre. Documentaries include The World’s Oldest Joke, The Story of Variety, History of the Pantomime Dame, and The Story of Music Hall. He has also hosted BBC4's Don Black: A Life in Song and BBC2's Tim Rice: A Life in Song, the latter broadcast on Christmas Day 2014. He also presented a series reflecting his own view of television for BBC Radio 2, Michael Grade: On the Box. Michael’s series for BBC Radio 2 “Brits in Hollywood” has recently been broadcast
He is a passionate sailor, having sailed the Atlantic 3 times, most recently in December 2014. He was created a life peer in January 2011.