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

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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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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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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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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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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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John Charles Walsham Reith, first Baron Reith (1889–1971) by Olive Edis © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Silvey, Robert John Everett (1905–1981), developer of broadcasting audience research, was born on 19 June 1905 at 38 Hammelton Road, Bromley, Kent, the son of Robert Silvey (1865–1915), Baptist minister, and his wife, Maud Caroline Everett (1874–1924). He completed his education at Taunton School...

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Stewart, Andrew (1907–1991), broadcasting executive, was born at 49 Benview Street, Glasgow, on 23 June 1907, the only son of James Stewart, railway clerk, and his wife, Agnes, née McCheyne. He was educated at North Kelvinside secondary school, Glasgow, and at the University of Glasgow...

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Wenham, Brian George (1937–1997), broadcasting executive, was born on 9 February 1937 at 153 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, the only child of George Frederick Wenham (1907–1939), a stockbroker's clerk, and his wife, Harriet, née Farr (b. 1905), a shop manager. He was educated (following the early death of his father) at the ...

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Young, Stuart (1934–1986), accountant and broadcasting executive, was born on 23 April 1934 at home in Stamford Hill, London, the younger child and younger son of Joseph Young, who was in the flour business, and his wife, Rebecca (Betty) Sterling. The family were religious Jews and his mother made ...