September 29th

Big Brother 8 UK – Britain’s Mr Big Brother decides to depart from Endemol

The following article is from the UK Gaurdian and is in my opinion great news for the future of Big Brother, it’s safe to say that it has gone off the boil in recent years and in order to bring it back to it’s former glory I do strongly feel like big changes are needed, a complete shake up of the show and having one of the big wigs move on is a great start :)


The man whose name is synonymous with the Big Brother phenomenon in Britain is to step down as chief creative officer of Endemol, the independent production company behind the show.

As part of a wider management shakeup that coincides with the return of founder John de Mol, Peter Bazalgette said yesterday he would step down on January 1, when he will also relinquish his position as chairman of Endemol UK. He has been with Endemol for almost a decade since he sold his TV production company Bazal to the Dutch group in 1998. Mr de Mol retook control of the company this year with Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset and Goldman Sachs after a protracted sale process, in a deal worth €3.5bn (£2.4bn). The consortium bought it from Spanish telecoms group Telefónica, which had paid €5.5bn for the company at the height of the dotcom boom in 2000.

Mr Bazalgette began his career at the BBC but was one of the first of a group of senior executives to realise the opportunities in the independent sector and pioneer overseas format sales and new revenue streams.

Before Big Brother, hit shows with which he was associated included Ready Steady Cook, Ground Force and Changing Rooms. More recent Endemol hits include Deal or No Deal and Fear Factor.

The new owners had asked him to stay on and he will remain as an adviser to the board until the end of next year. He said yesterday he was not looking for another big executive job or to set up another traditional TV production business. “This gives me the opportunity to pursue a number of new areas. I’ve been on the set menu and I want to go à la carte. I want to do other things with my life.”

Mr Bazalgette is expected to look at the digital sector. He is a non-executive director at online polling firm YouGov, as well as deputy chairman of the National Film and Television School and a board member of English National Opera.

Endemol chairman and chief executive Aat Schouwenaar, who agreed to return to the company at the behest of Mr de Mol while a new chief executive is found, has also appointed Marco Bassetti as chief operating officer.

Source: The Guardian

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