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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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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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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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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...

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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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Edwards, Owen (1933–2010), broadcasting executive and promoter of the Welsh language, was born on 26 December 1933 at Neuaddwen, Llanbadarn Road, Aberystwyth, the elder son of Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards (1895–1970), educationist, and his wife, Eirys Mary, née Phillips (1897–1981). Both his father and his grandfather were pivotal in transforming the place of the Welsh language in Welsh society. His grandfather ...

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Francis, Sir Richard Trevor Langford (1934–1992), broadcasting executive and public servant, was born at the Imperial Nursing Home, Harrogate, Yorkshire, on 10 March 1934, the son of Eric Roland Francis (1902–1987), production engineer, and his wife, Esther Joy Todd (1906–1999). He was educated at ...

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Hennessy, David James George, third Baron Windlesham and Baron Hennessy (1932–2010), politician, broadcasting executive, and college head, was born on 28 January 1932 at 32 Belgrave Square, Mayfair, London, the only son and second of the four children of James Bryan George Hennessy, ...

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Packer, Sir (Douglas) Frank Hewson (1906–1974), media proprietor, was born on 3 December 1906 at 8 Craigend Street, Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia, the first child of Robert Clyde Packer (1879–1934), a journalist and newspaper proprietor, and his wife, Ethel Maude (1878–1947), daughter of the ...

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Plowright, David Ernest (1930–2006), television producer and executive, was born on 11 December 1930 at the Maternity Home, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, the youngest of three children of William Ernest Plowright, editor of the Scunthorpe and Frodingham Star, and his wife, Daisy Margaret, née Burton...

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

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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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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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Spicer [née Gibbon], Joanna Ravenscroft (1906–1992), television executive, was born on 29 April 1906 at Ranmoor, St Albans, Hertfordshire, the second of the three daughters of Andrew Owen Gibbon, a Post Office engineer, and his wife, Alice Mary, née Smith. She was educated at ...

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Joanna Ravenscroft Spicer (1906–1992) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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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...