Voice Departaments: Production (all kinds)
Bhasker in his 40 years with the BBC as a news cameraman covered everything from Tiananmen Square, Beijing to the Royal Family. A frank 3 hour account of his many assignments.
Fred presented children’s TV programmes in the 1970s and ‘80s. He also presented many of the BBC’s computer literacy programmes such as MicroLive.
Michael joined the BBC in the radio record library. By chance he found himself doing some local radio before a job at the little-known Maida Vale film unit led to him becoming an assistant film editor, he occasionally did some voice overs. He joined World Service at Bush House and worked at Bush House for nearly twenty years as an announcer and news reader.
Iain started his broadcasting career in 1966 working for ITN. He moved as quickly as he could to the BBC and joined Presentation Programmes where they made the first programme for BBC2. He made a series about the 1950 and then created The Film Programme and discovered Barry Norman.
Ruth joined the BBC in 1976 starting as a floor assistant and AFM, working on Play of the Month, Play for Today and Dr Who. Ruth discusses the way plays were rehearsed and recorded and what it was like working with actors like Michael Crawford.
From Technical operation BH Chris worked his way to producing and presenting for various Local Radio stations and helped to set up Wiltshire Sound.
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.
Fenella join in 1957, quickly became a Production Secretary then Assistant in Radio and TV on a wide variety of current affairs and educational programmes. She became Personal Assistant to Controller Educational TV and left the BBC in 1993.
Don describes joining the BBC at Alexandra Palace in the late 1950s. He remembers covering Princess Margaret’s wedding from Scotland Yard, an A bomb test in the Sahara and class distinctions between white coats ad brown coats in the early but primitive days of television