Stuart Prebble (born 15 April 1951) is a former CEO of ITV, Granada Sky Broadcasting and of ITV Digital.
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Prebble was educated at Newcastle University, where he was editor of student newspaper The Courier and later president of the students' union.After leaving university he was producer and editor of the World In Action current affairs series and went on to be Head of Factual Programmes at Granada TV and Controller of Factual Programmes for the ITV network. He was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Factual Series for World in Action.
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He was promoted to CEO of ITV in April, 2001,after ITV struggled to find a replacement CEO for well over a year. In March 2002 he was CEO of ITV Digital when it was forced into administration.
In Autumn 2002 he left ITV to set up an independent television production company based in North East England called Liberty Bell. The company produced a wide range of factual programmes for all of the UK terrestrial broadcasters and for some digital channels. He was the executive producer and writer of the 2003 - 2004 Grumpy Old Men series for BBC2. There were three series of Grumpy Old Men, and his company also made several series Grumpy Old Women which also became a successful touring stage show. Other TV productions for Liberty Bell have included 3 Men in a Boat for BBC2, Why We Went to War for More4, The Alastair Campbell Diaries for BBC2, and Willie's Wonky Chocolate Factory for Channel 4.
Grumpy Old Men is a conversational-style British television series, first shown in October 2003 on BBC Two. The first run of four programmes was repeated several times before a second series, also of four episodes, was shown in 2004. A third series was broadcast in April 2006. There were also 2003 and 2004 Christmas specials. An Irish version, Gaybo's Grumpy Men, was produced by RTÉ in 2005.
Prebble eventually sold Liberty Bell Productions to Avalon and in summer of 2011 he left to set up another TV production company, StoryVault Films and a web-site dedicated to individual memories called www.storyvault.com.
Prebble is the author of nine published books. These include two early novels, A Power in the Land, and The Lazarus File, as well as five comedy books on "Grumpy" themes. Secrets of the Conqueror, which is about the Falklands and the Cold War, was published by Faber in October 2012. His novel The Insect Farm was published by Alma Books in the UK in March 2015, and in the US by Mulholland Books in July 2015.
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