The Observer newspaper asked me what I would ask Peter Bazalgette, incoming chair of Arts Council England. I said: “Why would a man who has spent his life at the very lowest end of public media [Big Brother] consider himself fit to be chairman of the Arts Council, which looks after the highest forms of national creativity?”
The reporter couldn’t bring himself to ask that. Instead, he waters it down to: “Why did you want to become chair of the Arts Council?”
And Bazza, true to form, dodges the question, claiming that he never sought the job…. Oh, yes. Read the interview here.
Bazza goes on to maintain bizarrely that “most of the arts community were excited by [Big Brother] when it started, because it was regarded as avant garde.”
Most?? Avant-garde??? Name me ten respected artists or arts leaders who were ever so madly deluded. No answer, Bazza? I thought not.
UPDATE: On the Today programme this morning, Justin Webb put my question to Bazza. He dodged it, going off on a wide tangent. Justin lets him off the hook. Listen here.