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Barnes, Sir George Reginald (1904–1960), radio and television director and college head, was born in Byfleet, Surrey, on 13 September 1904, the son of Sir Hugh Shakespear Barnes (1853–1940), lieutenant-governor of Burma, and his second wife, Edith Helen, sister of Sir Kenneth Barnes...

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Sir George Reginald Barnes (1904–1960) by Howard Coster, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clark, Sir (John) Beresford (1902–1968), broadcasting executive, was born on 7 December 1902 at 13 Elwick Road, West Hartlepool, co. Durham, the elder son of Frederic Clark, an average adjuster's assistant, and his wife, Lettia Garbutt. He was educated at Rydal School, Colwyn Bay...

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Curran, Sir Charles John (1921–1980), broadcasting administrator, was born in Dublin on 13 October 1921, the only son and eldest of the four children of Felix Curran, an army schoolmaster, and his wife, Alicia Isabella Bruce, from Aberdeen. Curran referred later to his 'Irish birth without an Irish upbringing', because after three weeks he left ...

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Sir Charles John Curran (1921–1980) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eason, Ursula Vernon (1910–1993), broadcaster and broadcasting executive, was born on 19 August 1910 in Streatham, London, the fifth of six children of Edward Eason, auctioneer and surveyor, and his wife, Aisling (Nancy), née Bruton (d. 1967), from a well-known Gloucester family of auctioneers. She was educated at ...

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Esslin, Martin Julius (1918–2002), broadcaster and drama critic, was born Martin Pereszlenyi on 8 June 1918, in Budapest, the son of Paul Pereszlenyi, a journalist, and his wife, Charlotte, née Schiffer.

Born when the First World War still had some months to run, and the Austro-Hungarian empire with its large population of highly creative intellectuals of different ethnic backgrounds was about to end and be dispersed by the victors, the western allies, ...

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Gielgud, Val Henry (1900–1981), radio executive and author, was born on 28 April 1900 at 36 Earls Court Square, South Kensington, London, the second of the four children and second of three sons of Frank Henry Gielgud (1860–1949), a stockbroker of Polish descent, and his wife, ...

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Val Henry Gielgud (1900–1981) by Yvonne Gregory, 1930s © Estate of Yvonne Gregory / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gillie [née Reeves], Cecilia Grace Hunt (1907–1996), radio executive, was born on 18 August 1907, at 16 Alma Road, Sheerness, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, the second of two daughters of Albert Robert Reeves, a naval engineer, and his wife, Ella, ...