- Liz Forgan
Dame Elizabeth "Liz" Anne Lucy Forgan, DBE (born August 31 1944) is a British journalist and television executive.
She attended the independent
Benenden Schoolin Kent, a girls's boarding school. She was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford, then an all-female college. She initially worked on newspapers starting with Teheran Journalas Arts Editor 1967-68, at the " Hampstead and Highgate Express" (1969-74), and on London's " Evening Standard" (1974-78, and later as a columnist 1997-98).
Forgan was a founding commissioning editor and then Director of Programmes at the UK's
Channel 4from 1981 to 1990. [cite web|url=http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/AboutUs/Decision-makersandmanagers/Trustees/LizForgan.htm| title=Liz Forgan - Heritage Lottery Fund|accessdate=2007-01-28]
She joined the BBC in 1993 to become Managing Director, BBC Network Radio where she developed the format for
BBC Radio Five Liveand launched the DAB digital radio service. She left the BBC in February 1996 over a disagreement with John Birt, then BBC Director General, over the decision to move BBC Radio News from Broadcasting Houseto Television Centre. [ [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19960225/ai_n14036032 "News move was last straw for Liz Forgan"] by Michael Leapman, " The Independent", February 25, 1996. Retrieved on January 28, 2007.]
She was editor of "The Guardian's" women's pages from 1978 to 1982, a "Guardian" columnist during 1997 and 1998, becoming a non-executive director of the
Guardian Media Group[cite web|url=http://www.gmgplc.co.uk/gmgplc/media/news/article/article40.html|title=Scott Trust Appoints New Chair|accessdate=2007-01-28] from 1998, and promoted to become the sixth Chair of The Scott Trustin 2003 [ [http://www.gmgplc.co.uk/gmgplc/scott/history/ History of the Scott Trust] ] , the owner of the Guardian newspapers hence becoming Britain's first female newspaper proprietor.
Since April 2001, the Chair of the
National Heritage Memorial Fundsince 2001 and Heritage Lottery Fund[cite web|url=http://www.tendowningstreet.gov.uk/output/Page10195.asp|title=Dame Liz re-appointed to the National Heritage Memorial Fund|accessdate=2007-01-28] .
She is also board member of the
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama[cite web|url=http://www.bufvc.ac.uk/HiddenTreasures/speakers.html|title=Hidden Treasures Speakers|accessdate=2007-01-28] , Trustee of the Royal Anniversary Trust, a former Board Member of the British Film Institute, a Trustee of the Media Trustand of the Phoenix Trust, and Chair of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Liz Forgan was awarded
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empirefor services to Radio Broadcasting in 2006 and previously awarded the OBEin 1998 also for services to Radio Broadcasting.
She is also the patron of the St. Giles Trust. She lives in
Primrose Hill. She had a relationship with Rex Cowan.
Jill Tweediefor details of the National Portrait Gallery Group portrait of Forgan, Tweedie, Polly Toynbeeand Mary Stott(editors of Guardian's Women's Page) and Posy Simmonds
* [http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/AboutUs/Decision-makersandmanagers/Trustees/LizForgan.htm Heritage Lottery Fund]
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