History of the BBC

History of the BBC

100 voices

2022 marks 100 years of the BBC, and in the run up to the anniversary, BBC History will be searching BBC Archives to find the real story of the Corporation, as told by its staff.  This collection of ‘rushes’ (un-edited interviews), held for use in news programmes and other BBC output, will build over the years to become a unique collection: 100 Voices that made the BBC.

 

In this collection Frank Gillard and John Lane ask the questions.

Frank Gillard
Frank Gillard
The former Director of BBC Radio explains his ideas and motivation for the BBC oral history project in 1995.
John Snagge
John Snagge
Radio announcer and television commentator, John Snagge started his BBC career in 1924.
Sir James Redmond
Sir James Redmond
Pioneer of early television, Engineer Sir James Redmond explores why Alexandra Palace was an ideal location.
Sir Francis McLean
Sir Francis McLean
Former Director of BBC Engineering, McLean's BBC career started much earlier in the 1930s.
George Campey
George Campey
George Campey was a Television Publicity Officer and a Press Officer amongst many other senior roles in the BBC.
Tony Bridgewater
Tony Bridgewater
Tony Bridgewater worked with John Logie Baird in the days before the BBC had considered entering into television.
Val Gielgud
Val Gielgud
In 1929 Val was appointed Head of Productions and was responsible for all radio drama and also contributed to the development of TV drama.
Joanna Spicer
Joanna Spicer
Known as BBC TV’s foremost television programme planner, it has been said that Joanna Spicer practically ran BBC Television single handed.
Sir Hugh Carleton Greene
Sir Hugh Carleton Greene
Director-General of the BBC from 1960-1969. He is widely acknowledged as a moderniser of the Corporation.
Peter Dimmock
Peter Dimmock
Dimmock recalls the limited hours and means of post war television, and the strained relationship with management in Broadcasting House.
Donald Baverstock
Donald Baverstock
In his interview with Frank Gillard, recorded in October 1985, Baverstock recalls a career full of excitement, and innovation.
 

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