A commissioning influence is no more

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.



portrait by Tom Phillips

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