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A commissioning influence is no more

August 31, 2014 by norman lebrecht

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Michael Kustow was the first commissioning editor for arts on Britain’s Channel 4. Restless, eclectic, endlessly innovative, he broke the mould of top-down arts broadcasting on British television and replaced it with programming that was at once challenging and viewer-friendly.

The 1980s on Channel 4 were a golden age of arts broadcasting the like of which we shall not see again.

Michael who had been in poor health for some years, died on Friday aged 74.

 

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portrait by Tom Phillips


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