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

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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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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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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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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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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, ...

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Grisewood, Harman Joseph Gerard (1906–1997), broadcaster and broadcasting executive, was born on 8 February 1906 at Wormleybury, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, one of four children of Lieutenant-Colonel Harman Joseph Grisewood of the 4th hussars, who had been secretary of the Anti-Socialist Union, 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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Howard, George Anthony Geoffrey, Baron Howard of Henderskelfe (1920–1984), landowner and chairman of the BBC, was born on 22 May 1920 at 32 Chester Square, London, the second of three sons of the Hon. Geoffrey William Algernon Howard (1877–1935) and his wife, Ethel Christian Methuen (1889–1932)...

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Sir (Edward) Ian Claud Jacob (1899–1993) by Howard Coster, c. 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Joly de Lotbinière, Seymour (1905–1984), broadcasting executive, was born on 21 October 1905 at Elibank, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, the younger of the two sons of Brigadier-General Henri Gustave Joly de Lotbinière (1868–1960) of the Royal Engineers and his wife, Mildred Louisa (d. 1953)...

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McIntyre, Ian James (1931–2014), broadcaster and broadcasting executive, was born on 9 December 1931 in Banchory, Kincardineshire, the son of Hector Harold McIntyre (1893–1978), from Inverness, and his wife Annie Mary, née Michie (1900–1979), from Ballater, Aberdeenshire. His father, who had come from a family of farm labourers, had left school at the age of fourteen, and became a general merchant and later a taxidermist. He travelled the world, including one job in which he transported cattle across ...

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Milne, Alasdair David Gordon (1930–2013), broadcaster and broadcasting executive, was born on 8 October 1930 in Cawnpore, India, the son of Charles Gordon Shaw Milne (1892–1985), surgeon, and his wife Edith Reid, née Clark (1893–1996). He spent the early part of his life being brought up by grandparents in ...

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Newby, (Percy) Howard (1918–1997), writer and broadcasting administrator, was born on 25 June 1918 at a nursing home in Crowborough, Sussex, the son of Percy Newby, a baker, and his wife, Isabel Clutsom Bryant. The family lived at Lime Street, Nether Stowey, Somerset...

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Newsome, Noël Francis (1906–1976), broadcasting executive, was born on 25 December 1906 in Pill St George, Somerset, the younger child and only son of Herbert Newsome, a country doctor, and his wife, Christine Marguerite, daughter of William Gibbs, owner of a hardware shop, of ...