Sir Christopher Bland, British businessman, Died at 78


Sir Francis Christopher Buchan Bland was born on May 29, 1938, and died on January 28, 2017.

He was a British businessman and politician.

He was deputy chairman of the Independent Television Authority (1972), which was renamed the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the same year, and chairman of London Weekend Television (1984) and of the Board of Governors of the BBC (1996 to 2001), when he took up a position as chairman of British Telecommunications plc.

Christopher left his position with BT in September 2007. B

Prior to leaving BT, Bland became chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company, in 2004.

He was the father of print journalist and former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper, Archie Bland, and from 1981 became stepfather to four children, who include the author Lady Georgia Byng, and the Managing Director of the Edinburgh-based publishing house Canongate Books, Jamie Byng, following his wife’s earlier marriage to Viscount Enfield (1963–1981)

He died due to prostate cancer.

Sir Christopher Bland passed away at 78 years old.