About Us

Tim Gardam (Chair)

Principal, St Anne’s College

Tim Gardam


Tim Gardam was elected Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, in March 2004.  His previous career was in broadcasting. He was Director of Television at Channel 4, where he was in charge of all programme output, from 1998 to 2003. Before that, he was, for three years, one of the founding team at Channel 5, where he was responsible for News and Documentaries. 

He was a BBC journalist and broadcasting executive from 1977 to 1996. He was Editor of Panorama, Editor of Newsnight, Head of Current Affairs Programmes for BBC Television and Radio and the creator of the history programme Timewatch. In 2004, he was the author of the independent review of BBC digital radio, commissioned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and a member of Lord Burns' panel reviewing the future of the BBC.  

He read English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  He is a director of the Scottish Media Group and of The Oxford Playhouse Trust.  He is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architecture.