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28/07/2017
BBC Radio 4

    Nicholas Parsons honoured

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    Richard Bacon, 5 live presenter, in his introduction to last week's Radio Festival, called the rather civilised radio industry conference "our Glastonbury." If that's the case, then it was "our Michael Eavis", Radio Academy Director Trevor Dann, who inducted Radio 4 legend Nicholas Parsons into the 'Radio Hall of Fame' at the event. Nicholas couldn't come to the Hall of Fame dinner (at which Dave Lee Travis, Whispering Bob Harris and David "Kid" Jensen were also honoured) so Trevor gave Nicholas his lovely glass bowl on stage before the Festival's special recording of Just a Minute.

    It was a genuinely touching moment: Nicholas celebrated by his appreciative radio peers in front of his adoring radio audience. The bowl, inevitably, went on to become a comedy prop in the Just a Minute recording and, for the first time in my memory, a member of the audience made it onto the scorecard (fifth place, sadly).

    Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog

    • Just a Minute is off-air at the moment but will return later in the year.
    • There are more videos from the Radio Festival here.
    • The Radio Festival is an annual event organised by industry body The Radio Academy. This year it took place in Salford and it's intended that it be held there from now on.

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