Chris Griffin-Beale, Channel 4’s head of press and deputy head of
corporate affairs, and a member of the channel’s press team since its
creation 17 years ago, died of a heart attack last weekend aged 50.
During his time at Channel 4, Griffin-Beale worked his way up from
manning the press office single-handedly to overseeing a 30-strong
Michael Grade, Channel 4’s former chief executive, who worked with
Griffin-Beale until last year, said: ’His integrity in dealing with a
sometimes hostile press defending the channel’s interests made him the
most respected media corporate press chief.’
Griffin-Beale joined Channel 4 as its chief press spokesman from
Broadcast magazine, where he was acting editor. He previously worked as
a freelance journalist, contributing to titles including the Times
Educational Supplement and the Education Guardian.