Channel 4’s head of press dies

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.

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

team.



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.



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