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Andrew Graham appointed to the Scott Trust

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, Oxford, has been appointed as a member of the Scott Trust, the owner of the Guardian Media Group, whose portfolio includes the Guardian and Observer newspapers and the Guardian Unlimited website, regional and local newspapers, a radio division, and Trader Media Group, publisher of Auto Trader. The Scott Trust was created in 1936 to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity.

Andrew Graham is also a Trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute (which he largely created). He was Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1967-69 and from 1974-76, and, from 1988-94, to the Leader of the Labour Party, John Smith. From 1998 to 2005, he was a non-Executive Director of Channel 4 Television. He is an expert on the principles underlying public service broadcasting. In 2003, Oxford University made him an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law. His partner, Peggotty Graham, is Dean of Social Sciences at the Open University. He is a passionate windsurfer.

Liz Forgan, Chair of the Scott Trust, said: “Andrew Graham is one of the country’s most influential academics, who has played a hugely important role in the development of public service broadcasting over the last two decades. I am delighted that the Scott Trust will have the benefit of his wisdom and counsel in the years ahead.”

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Notes to editors:
The Scott Trust was created in 1936 to maintain and protect in perpetuity the journalistic and commercial principles pursued by C.P. Scott, the Manchester Guardian’s Editor of 50 years, and also for many years its proprietor. It has resulted in a unique form of press ownership and control in Britain, which has now thrived for nearly 70 years.

Current members of the Scott Trust are:
Liz Forgan (CHAIR)
Larry Elliott
Will Hutton
Paul Myners
Sir Robert Phillis
Geraldine Proudler
Alan Rusbridger
Jonathan Scott
Martin Scott