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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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Barnetson, William Denholm, Baron Barnetson (1917–1981), newspaper proprietor and television executive, was born in Edinburgh on 21 March 1917, the eldest child in the family of three sons and one daughter of William Barnetson, estate agent, of London and Edinburgh, and his wife, ...

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Baverstock, Donald Leighton (1924–1995), television producer and executive, was born on 18 January 1924 at the maternity home in Glossop Terrace, Cardiff, the only son in the family of three children of Thomas Baverstock (1896–1979), colliery clerk and later grocer, and his wife, ...

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Bromley, John Edward (1934–2002), journalist and broadcasting executive, was born on 12 January 1934 at 31 Oakwood Gardens, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, the son of Edward Dennis Bromley, company secretary, later rice broker, and his wife, Gwendoline Mabel Squire, née Williams. He suffered from osteomyelitis as a child, requiring a lengthy stay in hospital; he was one of the first civilians to be treated with penicillin. Unable to play much sport, he nevertheless followed it avidly. Educated at ...

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John Edward Bromley (1934–2002) by unknown photographer, 1991 Business Collection / Rex Features

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Thomas Marcus Brownrigg (1902–1967) by unknown photographer, 1960s [with his wife, Joyce Brownrigg] © reserved

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Brownrigg, Thomas Marcus (1902–1967), naval officer and television company executive, was born on 8 July 1902 at Homeleigh, Shooters Hill, Plumstead, London, the son of Major, later Colonel, Henry John Watt Brownrigg (1859–1908) and his wife, Evelyn Mary, daughter of the Revd Hugh Huleatt...

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Bukht, (Mirza) Michael John [pseud. Michael Barry] (1941–2011), broadcasting executive, television presenter, and cookery writer, was born on 10 September 1941 at Ynysarwed Farm, Resolven, Glamorgan, the elder son of Mirza Jawan Bukht (1908–1973), an Indian (later a Pakistani) diplomat, and his wife, ...

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Buxton, Aubrey Leland Oakes, Baron Buxton of Alsa (1918–2009), television executive and conservationist, was born at 153 Banbury Road, Oxford, on 15 July 1918, the younger son and third of four children of Leland William Wilberforce Buxton (1884–1967), army officer and farmer, and his wife, ...

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Cock, Gerald Alfred (1887–1973), television executive, was born on 23 July 1887 at The Cottage, Betchworth, Surrey, younger son of four children of Alfred Cock QC (1849–1898), barrister of the Middle Temple, and his wife, Eva Laura Bertha Liebreich. Cock, described as tall, lean, debonair, and dark-haired, was unmarried. He was educated at ...

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Norman Richard Collins (1907–1982) by Howard Coster, 1939 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Collins, Norman Richard (1907–1982), television company executive and author, was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, on 3 October 1907, the only son and youngest of the three children of Oliver Norman Collins (d. 1917/18), a publisher's clerk and illustrator, and his wife, Lizzie Ethel Nicholls...

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Cotton, Sir William Frederick [Bill] (1928–2008), television executive, was born on 23 April 1928 at 175 Saltram Crescent, Paddington, London, the younger son of William Edward (Billy) Cotton (1899–1969), bandleader, and his wife, Mabel Hope, née Gregory (1895–1989). He grew up as his father's career as a popular bandleader was in full swing. With his radio catch phrase 'Wakey! Wakey!', ...

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Sir William Frederick Cotton (1928–2008) by unknown photographer, 1957 © BBC

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Cowgill, (George) Bryan (1927–2008), television producer and executive, was born on 27 May 1927 at 19 Cowper Avenue, Clitheroe, Lancashire, the son of John Clifford Cowgill (1899–1969), printer and stationer, and later proprietor of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, and his wife, Ada Gertrude, ...

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Cox, Sir Geoffrey Sandford (1910–2008), journalist and broadcasting executive, was born on 7 April 1910 at Palmerston North, New Zealand, the youngest of three sons of Charles William Sandford Cox (1873–1965), bank manager, and his wife, Mary, née MacGregor (1875–1960). From Southlands High School...

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Crawley, Aidan Merivale (1908–1993), politician and television executive, was born on 10 April 1908 at the vicarage, Benenden, near Cranbrook, Kent, the third of the five children of Arthur Stafford Crawley, vicar of Benenden (later canon of Windsor), and his wife, Anstice Katharine, ...

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Aidan Merivale Crawley (1908–1993) by Elliott & Fry, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Culshaw, John Royds (1924–1980), record producer and television executive, was born on 28 May 1924 at 47 Lethbridge Road, Southport, Lancashire, one of at least two children of Percy Ellis Culshaw, banker's clerk, and his wife, Dorothy Royds. He attended first the Merchant Taylors' School...