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Isaacs offered her the job at a dinner party. Isaacs’ approach to the senior appointment with responsibility for current affairs (or factual, or actuality programmes as they were variously called by the channel) was, if anything, even less formal. Perhaps that appointment, and the thinking behind it, are best described in his own words: For factual programmes I wanted someone from outside television. If there was one slice of subject-matter in which new initiatives, new attitudes were needed it was news and current affairs … … On television most journalism tended to a generalised norm.

Interview with Edmund Dell] Some of the Board felt strongly that such important jobs should have been advertised – forgetting for the moment that they had appointed a Channel Controller without an advertisement for that specific role. Isaacs argued that time was of the essence. The independent production sector was still something of an unknown quantity at this time. Programme series might require longer lead times than in-house production and they must be discussed and commissioned at the earliest possible moment to be able to guarantee a supply of quality programmes in time for the autumn 1982 launch.

The Authority welcomes the positive injunction given to it by Parliament to encourage the work of independent producers, and will want to have early and regular assurances that this is being done. It will also expect the regional companies within ITV to make a due contribution to the schedules of the Fourth Channel. Though a national network, the Channel should reflect regional diversities. In making its financial arrangements, the Fourth Channel will need to ensure that so far as possible the same terms apply to all programme suppliers.

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