BBC staff recognised in Queen's Honours

Dave Gordon, Harry Gration and Kay Alexander Dave Gordon, Harry Gration and Kay Alexander received honours for their broadcasting work

There's no stopping the rush of plaudits for the BBC's coverage of the London Olympics, with royal approval just the latest to be given.

Two BBC men, who were instrumental in bringing thousands of hours of Games coverage, have been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Dave Gordon, who was BBC Sport's head of major events until his retirement in January, was made an OBE.

He worked as editorial lead at London 2012 - his tenth Summer Olympics for BBC Sport - as well as on several World Cups, Commonwealth Games, London Marathons and Winter Olympics during a 40-year career at the BBC.

BBC Sport's chief engineer Richard Morgan, who spent four years translating the production brief for the 2012 Games into cameras, sound, lighting and post production, was also made an MBE.

A similar honour was bestowed on Clare Balding, who presented Olympic equestrian and swimming events to much acclaim.

Honours for journalism

Elsewhere, BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration was appointed an MBE for services to broadcasting.

The former sports reporter and commentator said it was 'an overwhelming honour'.

Gration has enjoyed two spells fronting Look North. He presented the programme from 1984 to 1994 and then returned in 1999.

Jon Plowman Jon Plowman received an OBE for his work in comedy

And former Midlands Today presenter Kay Alexander was also made an MBE, just months after she retired from the BBC following a 40-year career.

Honoured for her broadcasting and charity efforts, she joined BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham straight from university in 1973.

Alexander, who is also a patron of Acorns Children's Hospice, said: 'I never ever believed that anything like that would happen to me. I'm just so proud.'

Comedy accolades

Foreign correspondent Sue Lloyd-Roberts was made a CBE for services to journalism.

Her in-depth reports for Newsnight and BBC World have seen her travel the globe shedding light on stories of political corruption and human rights violations.

She was recently commended by the One World Media awards for Newsnight pieces from Homs in Syria and from inside North Korea.

Gareth Gwenlan and Jon Plowman, who, between them, were responsible for some of the BBC's biggest comedy hits, were made OBEs.

Gwenlan, a former head of comedy at BBC Wales, was behind shows like Only Fools and Horses, Yes Prime Minister, To the Manor Born and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

Plowman spent a decade as the BBC's head of comedy, when he produced classics such as Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders, Vicar of Dibley, Little Britain and The Office. He was also an executive producer of BBC Two's Olympic satire Twenty Twelve, which won a Bafta award this year.


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