Peter Bazalgette is a media consultant specialising in television and digital entertainment.
He has personally devised several internationally successful TV formats, such as Ready Steady Cook, Changing Rooms, and brought Big Brother to the UK. He has been awarded fellowships by BAFTA and the Royal Television Society.
He is currently President of the Royal Television Society and a Non-Executive Director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In September 2012 he was appointed as the next chairman of Arts Council England, with his 4 year term beginning in January 2013. In 2016 Bazalgette was named as the Chairman of ITV, effective from May 12, 2016.
Peter’s book about the business of TV formats, Billion Dollar Game, was published in 2005. He has written widely on privacy and the internet, young people and voting, arts and philanthropy, public service broadcasting and student volunteering.
He is also a non-executive director of MyVideoRights, Nutopia, YouGov and DCMS and a former Board member of Channel 4. He serves as Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera and President of the Royal Television Society.
He was knighted in the 2012 New Years Honours for services to broadcasting.