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Starring role

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Recruitment of a new CABE chair began in the Sunday Times last weekend, though potential applicants have until 11 September to make their move; £42,000 per annum for eight days a month, by the way.

So far, only Marco Goldschmied is a known runner. Although there is no statement to that effect, it is clear from recent events that an active property developer is not an option for the role, because of what CABE's external audit suggested was a perception of potential conflict of interest. Actually, the point about developers is their skill in juggling a myriad different concerns while keeping a very fixed eye on the end in sight - a skill shared by other groups including film producers. Curiously enough, the UK Film Council, a public body not so unlike CABE, has a council with 15 producers or directors out of a total of 16.

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