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BBC Sport Executive Producer dies


Category : Sport
Date : 06.04.2004
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It is with great sadness that BBC Sport announces the death of Executive Producer Malcolm Kemp, MBE, aged 57, from cancer. He had been ill since October last year.

 

Born in Hastings, New Zealand, Malcolm was Head of Entertainment and then Head of Sport at TVNZ, covering events such as the World Expo in Brisbane, where he gained his expertise and reputation for working on big live entertainment events.

 

Prior to joining BBC, Malcolm worked on the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and Auckland. He was Director of opening and closing ceremonies in Auckland and was awarded an MBE following this.

 

In October 1990 Malcolm joined the BBC and worked as a Sport Producer primarily on rugby league, dividing his time between Television Centre in London and the Manchester office. He worked on his first Challenge Cup in 1991.

 

In 1994 Malcolm was appointed Executive Producer for BBC on the Football World Cup in the USA.

 

In 1996, Malcolm was a joint Executive Producer for the European football championships in the UK, where the BBC and ITV were joint host broadcasters.

 

Malcolm covered his first Grand National in 1997 – the year of the bomb scare – in his new role as Executive Producer for horse racing.

 

He worked across all the racing occasions including Royal Ascot, the Derby and Glorious Goodwood. In total, Malcolm worked on seven Grand Nationals.

 

Malcolm's expertise of covering big occasions lent itself to another pooled outside broadcast when he was asked to be one of the route directors for Princess Diana's funeral.

 

Malcolm helped plan the coverage across the broadcasters and worked on the day from one of the trucks based in Hyde Park.

 

In 1998 Malcolm directed the opening and closing ceremonies at the Kuala Lumpar Commonwealth Games and advised the Malaysians on overall coverage of games.

 

In 2002 he was Production Director for host coverage of the Manchester Commonwealth Games. He was also Director of Ceremonies, planning the opening and closing ceremonies.

 

This coverage won a BAFTA and RTS awards, which Malcolm was very proud of.

 

Before his illness, he was also advising on the ceremonies for the Athens Olympics later this year.

 

Malcolm was also Executive Producer on the darts from both Frimley Green and tournaments in Holland, as well as for the Six Nations rugby union in 2003 when he oversaw the return of the championship to the BBC.

 

Malcolm loved brass bands and played bass trombone; he played in the National Youth Orchestra and the Roger Fox Big Band in New Zealand.

 

Malcolm leaves his wife, Julie, two sons who live in New Zealand, two step daughters in Australia and five grandchildren in total.

 

BBC's Director of Sport, Peter Salmon said: "Malcolm was an extraordinarily gifted director.

 

"From enormous sporting occasions such as the Commonwealth Games to World Darts from Frimley, Malcolm brought originality, flair and confidence to any project he touched.

 

"He has taught a generation of up-and-coming directors, and the many millions who watched the Grand National at the weekend witnessed his legacy."



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Date : 06.04.2004
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