Quotes by: Gavyn Davies

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Gavyn Davies
Born (1950-11-27) 27 November 1950 (age 66)
Residence Wandsworth and Croyde
Nationality British
Alma mater St. John's College, Cambridge
Known for Former Chairman of the BBC
Political party Labour Party (until 2001)
Spouse(s) Sue Nye
Children 1 daughter, 2 sons

Over the last decade, economists seemed to share a broad consensus about economic policy, with the old splits between monetarists and Keynesians apparently being settled by events. But the Great Recession of the last two years has changed everything.
Gavyn Davies
Normally I would not recommend a book that tells you how to make money in the stock market. Most of these books are aimed at gullible folk, and they usually make much more money for their authors than they do for the investing public.
Gavyn Davies
As long as the appointment process is transparent and there is a broad mix of political views among the governors of the BBC, I think the public can feel confident that impartiality and independence are just as important to me as they have been to previous incumbents.
Gavyn Davies
The BBC provides the commentary on our lives, the soundtrack of the nation. It is one of the most powerful unifying forces in the United Kingdom today.
Gavyn Davies
I want the BBC to be a mass market public service broadcaster still funded by the licence fee... and the licence fee is more durable than many people in the commercial sector believe.
Gavyn Davies
The BBC is part of the glue which binds the United Kingdom together. At those times of national moment - of joy or sadness, in the UK or around the world, at times when the nation wants to celebrate, mourn or just enjoy itself people turn to the BBC.
Gavyn Davies
Inflation is not always the main problem, or indeed a problem at all. Sometimes, though rarely, deflation is a more serious threat, and we need to shelve many of the orthodoxies we have held so dear.
Gavyn Davies
The BBC must never be all about ratings - or even mainly about ratings. In the past year, we have made a raft of terrific programmes which stand comparison with the best the BBC has ever done: 'Blue Planet,' 'Walking with Beasts,' 'Son of God,' 'Clocking Off,' 'The Way We Live Now,' 'Conspiracy,' 'Lost World.'
Gavyn Davies
Without the BBC, the proliferation of television and radio channels by the private sector would simply result in more and more channels, with tiny audiences, all seeking to do the same thing. The future would be one of fragmentation - fragmentation without either plurality or diversity.
Gavyn Davies
The BBC should not have a cheerleader. It should have somebody who runs the organisation in the interests of the public and that should be a chairman.
Gavyn Davies
Other than marriage, she doesn't control me and I don't control her.
Gavyn Davies
It was an interesting question as to whether the BBC had a future in the digital world, and what form of market failure could justify the licence fee system.
Gavyn Davies
There is an honourable tradition in British public life that those charged with authority at the top of an organisation should accept responsibility for what happens in that organisation. I am therefore writing to the prime minister today to tender my resignation as chairman of the BBC.
Gavyn Davies
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