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I Love Mondays: The autobiography of Sir Alec Reed CBE by Judi Bevan, Alec Reed

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CHAPTER 13A family business

MY BRUSH WITH CANCER made me think increasingly about succession in the business. I would be 60 in February 1994, and James would be 31 in a couple of months, so if he was going to lead the company time was pressing. Through the early 1990s he was working happily at the BBC, even though the pay was low and he found the politics of the organisation tricky. James said when he left university that he wanted to stay independent until he was 30, but, although that birthday had passed, he was still undecided. In 1992, I asked him to become a non-executive director of Reed to give him some inside knowledge of how the company worked. He went along with it, but I could see no evidence of real enthusiasm.

Then fate played into ...

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