Magazine article Management Today

Sir Jeremy Isaacs: If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Sir Jeremy Isaacs: If I Had to Start Again

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It may have been natural to become an MP. I enjoyed being involved in politics at Oxford and, having studied Classics, I had no idea what else to do. The general secretary of the Labour Party in Scotland put me right: five tough questions demonstrated that I knew absolutely nothing about anything. But I had enjoyed being present when figures like Nye Bevan and Clement Attlee spoke, so I thought of a job in TV.

In 1958 I was hired as a researcher by Granada where, among other things, I wrote the weather forecast. I mentioned anti-cyclones and was told: 'We don't use words like that here, it's either wet or dry.' I thought that was marvellous - it didn't matter that you could translate a line or two of Homer; what mattered was that you could communicate. I quickly realised I wanted to use the medium to explain the world to people. After only 18 months at Granada I was producing What the Papers Say.

Making programmes is one of my two great satisfactions. …

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