Obituary: Jackie Kent

Jackie Kent Jackie had 'a knack of making people feel special'

Jackie Kent was a loyal, reliable and hard-working member of the BBC Worldwide Channels team.

She started her BBC career, which lasted 24 years, in 1988 as a clerk in Radio Resources. She then moved over to Radio 2, where at the tender age of 19 she ruled the studio managers firmly but fairly. After taking some time off to embark on an around the world trip, she returned to the BBC.

In 1998, Jackie moved over to work on a new proposition, BBC Prime, which was one of the two international tv channels based in Woodlands.

Since then, the channels business has grown to 31 channels around the world and reaches 356m homes. Jackie played a significant role in the genesis of several of these new channels, including time spent in both Singapore and Miami.

Jackie's latest role was as scheduler for CBeebies on the international channels. Her passion for CBeebies programming was infectious and inspirational. Her channel was one of the most successful in her territory, with consistently high ratings.

Jackie had a knack of making people feel special and was instinctively, but unobtrusively, supportive, especially when she knew someone was going through a hard time.

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She had a wicked sense of humour and a somewhat obsessional passion for the musical Priscillla Queen of the Desert”

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It wasn't easy to get her to talk about herself because she was unfailingly interested in what was happening in other people's lives. In her personal life, Jackie enjoyed skiing, cookery, musicals and New Year spent in Edinburgh.

Queen of the Cupcakes

She had a wicked sense of humour and a somewhat obsessional passion for the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert - I think the last count was double figures!

To lots of people she was simply Queen of the Cupcakes. Her recipes are legendary and have been passed down to many colleagues. We will always think of her when baking them.

Jackie was always the consummate professional and even when she started to get ill, she didn't let her illness deter her from work and she battled on. She managed her illness in a brave and practical way over the past year that it has made the news of her death to colleagues even more shocking.

It was a great privilege to work with Jackie. She leaves two sisters and her mother, Ann, and will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Helen Regaard


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