Category:BBC radio producers
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1. BBC – The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. It is headquartered at Broadcasting House in London, the BBC is the worlds oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total,16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting, the total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed contract staff are included. The BBC is established under a Royal Charter and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament, and used to fund the BBCs radio, TV, britains first live public broadcast from the Marconi factory in Chelmsford took place in June 1920. It was sponsored by the Daily Mails Lord Northcliffe and featured the famous Australian Soprano Dame Nellie Melba, the Melba broadcast caught the peoples imagination and marked a turning point in the British publics attitude to radio. However, this public enthusiasm was not shared in official circles where such broadcasts were held to interfere with important military and civil communications. By late 1920, pressure from these quarters and uneasiness among the staff of the licensing authority, the General Post Office, was sufficient to lead to a ban on further Chelmsford broadcasts. But by 1922, the GPO had received nearly 100 broadcast licence requests, John Reith, a Scottish Calvinist, was appointed its General Manager in December 1922 a few weeks after the company made its first official broadcast. The company was to be financed by a royalty on the sale of BBC wireless receiving sets from approved manufacturers, to this day, the BBC aims to follow the Reithian directive to inform, educate and entertain. The financial arrangements soon proved inadequate, set sales were disappointing as amateurs made their own receivers and listeners bought rival unlicensed sets. By mid-1923, discussions between the GPO and the BBC had become deadlocked and the Postmaster-General commissioned a review of broadcasting by the Sykes Committee and this was to be followed by a simple 10 shillings licence fee with no royalty once the wireless manufactures protection expired. The BBCs broadcasting monopoly was made explicit for the duration of its current broadcast licence, the BBC was also banned from presenting news bulletins before 19.00, and required to source all news from external wire services. Mid-1925 found the future of broadcasting under further consideration, this time by the Crawford committee, by now the BBC under Reiths leadership had forged a consensus favouring a continuation of the unified broadcasting service, but more money was still required to finance rapid expansion. Wireless manufacturers were anxious to exit the loss making consortium with Reith keen that the BBC be seen as a service rather than a commercial enterprise. The recommendations of the Crawford Committee were published in March the following year and were still under consideration by the GPO when the 1926 general strike broke out in May. The strike temporarily interrupted newspaper production and with restrictions on news bulletins waived the BBC suddenly became the source of news for the duration of the crisis. The crisis placed the BBC in a delicate position, the Government was divided on how to handle the BBC but ended up trusting Reith, whose opposition to the strike mirrored the PMs own
2. Douglas Adams – Douglas Noel Adams was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adamss contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academys Hall of Fame, a posthumous collection of his works, including an unfinished novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002. Adams was known as an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, as a lover of fast cars, cameras, technological innovation and the Apple Macintosh, Adams was born on 11 March 1952 to Janet and Christopher Douglas Adams in Cambridge, England. The following year in 1953, Watson and Crick famously first modelled DNA at Cambridge University, the family moved to East London a few months after his birth, where his sister, Susan, was born three years later. His parents divorced in 1957, Douglas, Susan, and their mother moved to an RSPCA animal shelter in Brentwood, Essex, Adams attended Primrose Hill Primary School in Brentwood. At nine, he passed the exam for Brentwood School, an independent school whose alumni include Robin Day, Jack Straw, Noel Edmonds. Griff Rhys Jones was a year below him, and he was in the class as Stuckist artist Charles Thomson. He attended the school from 1959 to 1964, then the main school until December 1970. Adams was six feet tall by age 12 and stopped growing at 6 ft 5 in and his form master, Frank Halford, said of him, Hundreds of boys have passed through the school but Douglas Adams really stood out from the crowd — literally. He was unnecessarily tall and in his short trousers he looked a trifle self-conscious, the form-master wouldnt say Meet under the clock tower, or Meet under the war memorial, he joked, but Meet under Adams. Yet it was his ability to write stories that really made him shine. He became the student ever to be awarded a ten out of ten by Halford for creative writing, something he remembered for the rest of his life. He also designed the cover of one issue of the Broadsheet, and had a letter and short story published nationally in The Eagle, in it, Adams rhymes futile with mute, while and exhausted with of course did. On the strength of an essay on religious poetry that discussed the Beatles and William Blake, he was awarded an Exhibition in English at St Johns College, Cambridge. He wanted to join the Footlights, an invitation-only student comedy club that has acted as a hothouse for comic talent, despite doing very little work—he recalled having completed three essays in three years—he graduated in 1974 with a B. A. in English literature. After leaving university Adams moved back to London, determined to break into TV, an edited version of the Footlights Revue appeared on BBC2 television in 1974. A version of the Revue performed live in Londons West End led to Adams being discovered by Monty Pythons Graham Chapman, the two formed a brief writing partnership, earning Adams a writing credit in episode 45 of Monty Python for a sketch called Patient Abuse. He is one of two people outside the original Python members to get a writing credit
3. Doreen Gorsky – Doreen Marjorie Gorsky née Doreen Stephens, was a British Liberal Party politician, feminist and television producer and executive who during her career specialised in womens and childrens programmes. She was educated at a boarding school in Folkestone, before attending finishing schools in Brussels. In 1933, at the age of 19, she married a stockbroker, Richard Holden, in 1942 she married Jacob A. Gorsky, a London doctor and barrister and also a Liberal politician. During the war she was a commandant in the British Red Cross, in 1944 at London University, she received the Gilchrist gold medal and diploma for social studies. She joined the Liberal party in 1944, in 1945 she was Liberal candidate for the Hackney North Division at the 1945 General Election. It was a seat that the Liberals had not won since 1923 and had not stood a candidate since 1929. Along with Megan Lloyd George they lobbied the Labour Government to introduce equal pay legislation and she co-authored the Liberal report The Great Partnership. This was presented to the 1949 Liberal Party Assembly, Gorsky told the Assembly that Its easier to get a wife out than to get a tenant out. The Assembly adopted the report as party policy, making Liberal policy on women comfortably more radical and she was elected to the Liberal Party Council. In 1950 she was elected President of Womens Liberal Federation and she was a member of the Liberal Party National Executive. She was Chairman of the Womens Committee of Liberal International, in 1950 she was Liberal candidate for the Swindon Division of Wiltshire at the 1950 General Election. This was another unpromising seat that the Liberal party had never won and she again finished third with 15% of the vote. In 1950 she was Liberal candidate for the Bristol South East Division of Gloucestershire at a by-election and this was a very unpromising prospect for the Liberal party, whose candidate at the last general election had polled under 10%. Her vote in the by-election was just as poor, In 1951 she was Liberal candidate for the Carlisle Division of Cumberland at the 1951 General Election, again this was not a promising seat. The Liberals had not won here since 1918 though at the last election and she could not match this and again finished third. She did not stand for parliament again, in 1953 she was appointed to the newly created post of Editor of Womens Television Programmes. In 1963 she became head of BBC Televisions family programmes, in 1969, she returned to active involvement when Jeremy Thorpe got her to take over from Pratap Chitnis as head of the Liberal Party Organisation. However, due to the lack of funds in the Liberal party and her work involved preparing the party for a general election which came in 1970
4. Pete Atkin – Pete Atkin is a British singer-songwriter and radio producer notable for his 1970s musical collaborations with Clive James and for producing the BBC Radio 4 series This Sceptred Isle. Born in Cambridge on 22 August 1945, Atkin attended Romsey County Primary School and The Perse School, in 1959 he formed a church youth club band called The Chevrons for whom he played piano with four schoolfriends. He studied Classics and English at Cambridge University where he was a member of St Johns College, in 1966 he joined Cambridge Footlights, becoming the musical director for the revues. Atkin made his first recording in 1967, a pressing of 160 copies of While The Music Lasts. Next year he was taken to EMI with Julie Covington to record the most popular number from the 1967 Revue Show, the complex Duet, at six minutes, it was too long to be a single and has never received commercial release, the tape has since been lost. Atkin released another privately pressed album in 99 copies entitled The Partys Moving On in 1969, essex Music funded the recording of fourteen tracks in 1969. The lyrics to this, and all but two of the tracks on the album, by Atkin, were written by Clive James who met Atkin whilst they were both members of Footlights. Before the release of Beware of the Beautiful Stranger in 1970 Atkin, Covington and these shows, also called The Partys Moving On, each featured three songs and were broadcast only in London late at night. They led to the commissioning of the larger revue format series What Are You Doing After The Show, Atkin did, and still does, write his own lyrics, but it was the collaboration with Clive James that produced his most famous songs. Pete Atkin and Clive James recorded six albums in the 1970s, as well as writing an album for Julie Covington, however, despite Atkins popularity on the college performance circuit the records did not sell in any great numbers. When singer Val Doonican recorded a version of the song The Flowers. For Atkin, touring provided a respectable but not luxurious income, the release of the fourth album, The Road of Silk was accompanied by a promotional tour with a backing band featuring the guitarist Chris Spedding, in contrast to Atkins usual solo tours. Despite the investment this implied, Atkin and James became increasingly dissatisfied with their handling by their record label, paradoxically this album resulted in their most successful tour to date, as Clive James joined Pete Atkin on stage for an evening of song, satire and poetry. Clive James read from the first of his epic poetic satires, The Fate of Felicity Fark in the Land of the Media while Pete Atkin sang songs from the latest release, to their dismay, the offers from other record labels did not flow in after the tour ended. James lyrics were far from popular music, being frequently dense with poetic references. At their most accessible they might describe the life of a tool shop supervisor. A song such as My Egoist, in contrast, is translated almost entirely from a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire, other references include Rainer Maria Rilkes Duino Elegies and William Shakespeares sonnets. Often Atkin turned James intentions upside down, as with The Last Hill That Shows You All The Valley, the combination worked as James mournful cataloguing of mans inhumanity to man became a cry of protest
5. Peter Eton – Peter Eton, was a producer for BBC radio and television. He was invalided out of the navy after being wounded during the Dunkirk evacuation and he worked at the Variety Department of the BBC from 1951 onwards and oversaw a number of radio series, notably The Goon Show. He died in 1980, at the age of 62, Eton joined the BBC in 1941 in the London Transcription Service—a wartime propaganda unit within the BBC—as a producer. After spending time as a features and drama producer, he moved to the Variety Department in 1951, in 1952 Eton took over as producer of The Goon Show, a position he held until 1956. In 1954 he then produced the BBC radio series The Starlings and he died at his home in Sussex, in January 1980, aged 62. Aitch Carry On Christmas Specials Quest for Love Le Petomane Notes References Peter Eton at the BFI Peter Eton at the Internet Movie Database
6. Philip French – Philip Neville French OBE was an English film critic and former radio producer. French began his career in journalism in the late 1950s, before becoming a BBC Radio producer. He began writing for The Observer in 1963, and continued to write criticism regularly there until his retirement in 2013, French was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in December 2012. Today, he is derided for having originally panned films which later went on to become classics, such as A Fistful of Dollars –. Upon his death on 27 October 2015, French was referred to by his Observer successor Mark Kermode as an inspiration to a generation of film critics. French was born in Liverpool in 1933, the son of an insurance salesman, he was educated at the direct grant Bristol Grammar School and then at Exeter College, Oxford where he read Law. He undertook post-graduate study in Journalism at Indiana University Bloomington, on a scholarship, French entered journalism as a reporter at the Bristol Evening Post in 1957. He was theatre critic of the New Statesman between 1967 and 1968 and deputy film critic to David Robinson at The Times for some years, French was the film critic of The Observer from 1978, but had begun writing for the paper in 1963. He also wrote for Sight and Sound, frenchs books include The Movie Moguls, An Informal History of the Hollywood Tycoons and Westerns, which reappeared in a revised version in 2005. He also wrote the book Cult Movies together with Karl French, between 1959 and 1990, when he took early retirement, French was a BBC Radio producer. At first he was a producer on the North American service and he was a BBC talks producer and then a senior producer for the corporation from 1968. In the 1960s he produced The Critics on the BBC Home Service, French was named the British Press Awards Critic of the Year in 2009. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to film, French was known for his exceptional memory. Michael Billington, The Guardians theatre critic, was appointed an OBE at the time as French. Billington recalled, I ended a congratulatory telephone call with the jokey line, quick as a flash, he replied, As Dirk Bogarde said to Bill Kerr in Appointment in London in 1953. At the beginning of May 2013 it was announced that French would retire as film critic for The Observer in August to coincide with his 80th birthday, French had a fondness for puns, which arose from his own experience of having a stammer. In an essay on British cinema and the Post Office he began, I dont know much about philately and his review of a biopic of a reggae singer ended Honi soit qui Marley pense. He was also fond of recalling the B-movie actor who, having exchanged life in Hollywood for a typewriter, French and his Swedish-born wife Kersti Molin had three sons
7. Will Hanrahan – William Hanrahan is a British television/radio producer and presenter best known for working on BBC programmes such as Watchdog and Good Morning. Since 1994 he has headed an independent TV company which currently produces studio programming and documentaries for the BBC and Sky TV, A&E, Foxtel, Discovery and he is a three-times Royal Television Society Award winner and his programmes are currently airing in over 70 countries. He has executive produced for both the BBC and ITV working with Alistair McGowan on the BBC Restoration project, and Chris Tarrant on the BBC Four History of the World in 100 objects series and he is a law graduate with experience in consumer and legal programming. In 2013/14, Hanrahan also returned to radio presenting as a guest host on BBC Local Radio in 2014 and 2015, in his non-broadcast work, he has been a member of the PACT National Executive on two occasions. PACT is the organisation which represents Independent TV Companies in the U. K and he has been a lay member of the Faculty of Public Health, served as a School Governor and contributed to Skillset strategic policy in the training of young people for Broadcasting in Britain. Hanrahans hobbies include keeping fit, Everton Football Club and supporting the Arts and he has become chair of a new Arts venue in Stratford Upon Avon, The Stratford ArtsHouse. He is a contributor to the community of Stratford Upon Avon where he chairs Stratford Vision. Hanrahan grew up in Bootle, an area near Liverpool, Merseyside, educated at St. Benets, now St. Benedicts, and St. Marys College in Crosby. Hanrahan trained on the Bootle Times newspaper, Hanrahan presented programmes for the BBC, including serving as a reporter for Watchdog, the Good Food Programme, Family Matters, On The Line, Verdict, The Arts and Crafts Hour. He co-presented the breakfast show Good Morning, as a presenter, he fronted Serve You Right a consumer rights series for Meridian T. V. presented Buyers Guide and Blue Chip for BSkyBs. tv technology channel. And, in 2007, for the Sunday Breakfast show for BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire, in 2008 he presented Suffolk Strangler for Sky Television, the story of the serial killer, Steve Wright. He then self-produced Dunblane - A Decade On for Channel Five, in 2009, Hanrahan was a reporter and writer of a series of Documentaries related to Crime for Sky TV. Alongside his documentaries, he has produced entertainment programming such as the four-year ITV series, Star Lives, Hanrahan launched his own media production company, Hanrahan Media, in 1994, with Fatherhood, a series of TV essays for BBC One. Programs produced by the company include Star Lives for ITV1, SuDoKu Live for Sky one, in 2008/09 the Hanrahan-produced Trexx and Flipside became the first sit-com produced for the BBC out of the English Midlands. The six-part series featured viewer-generated Hip-Hop and a largely new-to-TV cast, Hanrahan also developed a comedy-panel show for UK channel Dave which ran for two series. Street Cred SuDoKu lampooned anything and everything that had ever been fashionable before disappearing from popular culture, the company has received a Royal Television Society award for Best Entertainment in 2002 for Stars And Their Lives, and in 2009 for Best News and Current Affairs and Best Documentary. Additional episodes of the premiered in Australia late 2012 and the UK in Autumn 2012. In 2013 and 2014, firstlooktv became one of the first British companies to win a commission from an Italian broadcaster as its series Segreti