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Upping the Tempo

Jane Garvey investigates the stories behind five landmark moments in the history of the female voice on radio and television. How far have women really come since the early days of the wireless? To what extent are female voices now accepted as carrying the same level of authority and expertise as their male counterparts?

In the third programme, it's 1970 and Annie Nightingale becomes the first female DJ on Radio 1 and then one of the presenters of The Old Grey Whistle Test. The longest serving DJ on Radio 1, Annie's has been a stellar career, but what is her legacy? Jane Garvey explores whether Annie's success has made it easier for women to be recognised as a voice of expertise in music broadcasting.

We hear from Annie herself, former Radio 1 Controller Johnny Beerling and historian Professor Jean Seaton.

Other programmes still to come in the series include: Prime Time Woman, which notes the role played by Esther Rantzen as a campaigning and consumer journalist on TV; and A Level Playing Field, with Jacqui Oatley discussing her debut as the first female footballer commentator on 'Match of the Day'.

Producer: Jane Reck
An Alfi Media Ltd production for BBC Radio 4.

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15 minutes

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Wed 30 Oct 2013 13:45