Voice Departaments: Management

Fiona McIntosh

Fiona, a professional musician, grew up in Scotland and went on to play the violin in various BBC orchestras. Her last BBC post was managing the musicians at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra based in Manchester.

Sir Roly Keating

Roly joined the BBC as a general trainee straight from university. He worked as a producer in Music and Arts, pioneering The Late Show and Later with Jools Holland. He became Controller of BBC2 then went on to found the emerging digital channels such as UKTV.

Chris Lewis

From Television Centre floor assistant to working as a producer/director on the full range of OBs Chris tells of brushes with such contrasting characters as Benjamin Britten and Donald Trump. Also he had Les Dawson as a lodger!

Paul Hughes

Paul was general manager of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers. He describes how the performers are appointed and managed and makes a persuasive defence of what many see as jewels in the BBC’s crown.

Dorothy May

Dorothy worked for the BBC for nearly 40 years. She was chief assistant to Robin Scott - controller of Radios 1 and 2 and reflects on a range of social issues including equal opportunities and disciplinary matters within the BBC.

Sir David Attenborough

Our foremost natural history presenter describes his time in the BBC between 1952 when he joined the fledgling television service at Alexandra Palace to his time as controller of BBC Two.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Nick wrote for the Listener and then scripts for BBC Radio 3. After a spell writing in New York he became Controller of Radio 3 and then in charge off the Proms.

Sheila Innes

Voices out of the Air” in Portland Place to early indiscretions in the Arabic Service and stories of Joyce Grenfell, John Betjeman (a world first of a poem in reply to a ’thank you’ letter), Fanny Craddock and the Queen Mother. Then upwards to Controller, Educational Broadcasting, protecting the output.

Deborah Cohen

Deborah had a long career in BBC radio and when she retired at the end of 2021 she was head of the BBC Radio Science Unit.

Nick Whines

Nick was recruited as a producer to Schools Radio and worked with actors on history series and later current affairs programmes including an encounter with Robert Maxwell.