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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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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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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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Haley, Sir William John (1901–1987), broadcasting executive and newspaper editor, was born on 24 May 1901 in St Helier, Jersey, the son of Frank Haley of Bramley, Leeds (who died when Haley was two years old), and Marie Berthe Sangan, a Jersey Frenchwoman. French-speaking until the age of five, he was educated at ...

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Jacob, Sir (Edward) Ian Claud (1899–1993), army officer and broadcasting executive, was born in Quetta, Baluchistan, India, on 27 September 1899, the second of two children of Field Marshal Sir Claud William Jacob (1863–1948), and his wife, Clara Pauline Wyatt (1872–1959), daughter of the ...

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Reith, John Charles Walsham, first Baron Reith (1889–1971), first director-general of the BBC, was born on 20 July 1889 at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire. He was the youngest of the seven children of the Revd Dr George Reith (1842–1919), a minister of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Somerville, Mary (1897–1963), educationist and broadcasting executive, was born in New Zealand on 1 November 1897, the eldest daughter of the Revd James Alexander Somerville, of Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, who at one time had been chairman of a Scottish school board, and his wife, ...