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BBC TV network out-of-vision announcer, 1964.

Dave was a BBC TV network announcer in the early-1990s. He later went on to become head of broadcast operations, ITV Digital. He also held the post of senior solutions manager at BBC Broadcast and Red Bee Media. He was later head of business development at Red Bee Media before becoming their head of playout services.

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nana relocated to the US with her parents, aged 11. She later returned to the UK and studied business and finance at university. She has worked for Kiss 100 and Capital FM, initially in a business capacity but she also provided voiceovers. In her spare time, Nana worked as a DJ at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Radio. Spotted by Richard Park, she was offered a trainee post as a DJ on Capital radio's 'Café'. She soon had her own drivetime show at London-based commercial radio station Fusion 107.3.

A chance meeting later led to a job as a launch presenter for Bid-Up TV. Primetime BBC One then beckoned, with a presenting role on the 'Holiday' programme. Other TV roles followed on Sky One, Sky Movies and ITV.

Nana's business and finance background led her to a presenting role in the pilot for a money show for BBC Three. She also worked on a 'Panorama' programme which exposed a mortgage scam. This was followed by a year with BBC network continuity (2008 - 2009).

After taking time off to have a baby, she decided to return to television, combining her business background with a passion for health and fitness. She became a fully qualified instructor and launched LadyXsize - a fitness guru and brand. She subsequently produced her own show - 'Fit Gear' - for Fitness TV.

Nana continues to host TV shows and advises on business and finance matters.


Ian worked with BBC network continuity - on attachment - announcing on BBC One and BBC Two (1985 - 1987).

An up-to-date profile for David Allan is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

Glen is a voiceover artist/presenter who found fame with his knowledgeable introductions to 'Dr Who', 'Blake's 7' and other cult shows on UK Gold.

His first television appearance was in 1996, providing in-vision continuity on UK Gold and fronting his own 'Before They Were Famous'-type show - 'Familiar Faces'. In 1997 he had a close shave with 'Rod Hull and Emu' in the series 'A Flare for the Seventies'.

He has worked on screen with Elisabeth Sladen ('The Sarah Jane Adventures'), Leslie Grantham, June Brown and Gretchen Franklin ('EastEnders') and wrote a specially-shot episode of 'EastEnders' for them.

Glen joined UK Gold in 1993 and became the voice of the channel in it's very first year; he remained there until late-1997.

He then moved to BBC TV, providing continuity for network BBC One and BBC Two. He was also one of the core team of announcers at the launch of BBC Choice. During his time at the BBC he featured in 'Welcome to Digital' with 'Loose Woman' Kaye Adams, where he was bound, gagged and kidnapped!

He moved from BBC TV to Channel 5 in 2003, providing live continuity and attracting a new fan base since. He was somewhat amused at his Facebook fan club, mainly thanks to 'Neighbours' fans. Unsure who he was, they labelled it 'The Channel 5 pre-/post-'Neighbours' announcer man is awesome'.

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An up-to-date profile for Michael Aspel is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

Dan was an announcer on network BBC One and BBC Two from the mid-1990s. He also worked on BBC Prime and BBC Knowledge. He left BBC TV in early-2002, turning up soon afterwards on BBC Radio 2, announcing and reading the news.

He moved to BBC Wales TV in August 2002, taking up a continuity director/announcer position there.


Roger attended Cardiff High School for Boys and Harrow County Grammar School. He studied Welsh for seven years. As a result of eighteen months army service in Germany, he was able to add German to his repertoire. Countless visits to Provence allowed him to hone his French skills. It's perhaps no surprise that he ended up presenting 'BBC 648' - a tri-lingual service for Europe.

Other career highlights:

1956: ATV London/Midlands: script-writer: live weekly advertising, magazine programmes - 'Home With Joy Shelton'; 'Midweek Miscellany'.

1962: studio manager/announcer, BBC External Services; newsreader/continuity, BBC World Service.

1964: BBC One and BBC Two announcer, Television Centre, London, as well as Birmingham, Plymouth and Cardiff. First self-op continuity suite: BBC Two Midlands. Roger was the first voice on air on the opening night of BBC Two Midlands. Producer/script-writer: 'Points Of View'.

In June 2009, Roger told us about a visit by Princess Margaret to the BBC World Service studios: "I was on duty in World Service continuity, on my second consecutive night-shift, when Princess Margaret came in (despite the red light "live on-air"). She was followed deferentially and rather timidly, by Douglas Muggeridge, managing director, World Service and those of the upper-echelons from Bush House and Broadcasting House. The BBC management representatives included George Howard (of 'Brideshead Revisited' fame).

"HRH was very intrigued with the announcing operation and said she knew my voice (being an avid World Service and Radio 3 listener with her mother at Clarence House). She stayed for an unexpected one hour and twenty minutes. We shared an immediate connection. The lady head of presentation and the dozen gentlemen present all stood closely around my continuity desk."

When he spoke to TTVR in 2009, Roger was still regularly attending castings in Wardour Street, Soho for voiceovers and TV commercials and company events.

"At 103 years, I am still as energised as when in 1957, I hand-modelled products live on camera at ATV's Hackney Empire and Alpha Studios, Birmingham for ad-mags (at the time, Arthur Adair and Mel Oxley were in-vision continuity anouncers for ATV and Associated-Rediffusion)."


Jenni worked as a continuity announcer for BBC TV presentation (1978 - 1980). She also did some freelance announcing and newsreading (in-vision) for the BBC in Bristol (1979) and Norwich (1980). Later she read the news for LBC/IRN and presented programmes for BBC Radio Sussex. Jenni returned to acting and now works as an actress/voiceover artist in London and at home via ISDN.

BBC TV continuity announcer (1968 - 1969).

BBC TV announcer from August 1982 to October 1983. He also voiced presentation trails in 1982. Left to join BBC Radio Sussex.
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Australian-born former pirate radio disc jockey (known as Jim Gordon, or Jumbo Jimmy Gordon during his time on Radio Caroline North), who went on to become an in-vision continuity announcer for Thames Television, a relief announcer at Southern TV and also a voice-only announcer on the BBC. Sadly, Guy died of lung cancer in 2000.

One of the original trio of BBC TV in-vision announcers at Alexandra Palace appearing from 1936 to 1939. She famously re-opened the television service in 1946 after the end of the Second World War. She returned briefly in the summer of 1952.

Jasmine was also a presenter of BBC children's TV's 'For Deaf Children', 1952 to 1954 and in 1957. She suffered a stroke in 1980 and died on 21 July 1991.
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BBC TV announcer for 28 years from 1967 to 1995. He is now a BBC World Service (radio) announcer. Married to Angela Piper (Jennifer in BBC Radio 4's 'The Archers' from 1963).

BBC Network announcer in 1995.

(Formerly Stephanie Sabine). Stephanie is an announcer on BBC One and BBC Two. She also works as a continuity announcer for Granada Plus, Talk TV and Men and Motors.

In 1997, she worked for Granada Sky Broadcasting. She has also voiced trails for Channel 4 and provided voiceovers on corporate videos for Honda and Scottish Power. From 2001 to 2002, she was a radio newsreader and reporter for BBC London.

Stephanie has a Masters degree in English Language and History from Glasgow University.


John was an announcer with ABC Television and ATV London. He also worked as a Network announcer with the BBC from 1969 until 1974 and voiced BBC TV presentation trails from 1972 to 1990.

BBC Network announcer, early-1970s.

An up-to-date profile for Tim Brinton is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

With a very distinctive, deep, rich voice, Peter was an announcer at Southern TV from 1969 until 1971. He then became a newsreader for BBC Norwich's 'Look East', before moving to BBC Television Centre where he was a BBC TV announcer for thirty years from 1971 until his retirement in 2001.

Peter died in early December 2006 following a sixteen-month battle with cancer.
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BBC TV announcer, 1968 to 1969.

One of the pre-recorded voices of BBC Three since its launch in 2003. Lola was also a regular voice on BBC Choice from early-2000.

Christine was an announcer/newsreader with BBC North West from 1973 to 1981. She made her debut on Princess Anne's wedding day - November 14 1973.

In July 1975 she became the only female BBC TV (Network) announcer amongst eighteen men until January 1976. She returned as a freelance holiday relief announcer from 1977 to 1979. Christine also announced at Grampian Television in northern Scotland.

Christine currently runs the Lunchbox Theatre Company, writing and performing historical plays for museums and schools. With Voice-overs UK she has recorded over 1,000 commercials and telephone prompts. She has also worked for brand leaders including Cadbury, BT, Reebok, ICI, Rolls Royce and Marks and Spencer.

Christine runs presentation skills courses and works for Firework Factory Poetry as a performance specialist.
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Alma's broadcasting career began at BBC Radio 3 in the 1970s, where, she tells us, "her Scots accent provoked protests from the more reactionary listeners". She then moved to television as a Network BBC announcer - one of the first to sport a Scottish accent. Later, she switched back to radio - BBC Radios 1 and 2 - before moving to BBC Scotland in the early-1980s.

As BBC Scotland announcers were also newsreaders, Alma gained some exposure and was a favourite with viewers for her warm, friendly manner. She was on duty on the last night of the COW globe in 1991 and is well-remembered by 'pres' enthusiasts for saying "goodbye cruel world" at closedown before treating viewers to one last "extra long look" at it! Alma left the BBC in the mid-1990s.
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Currently working as an announcer with BBC Scotland. Alison was also a Network BBC announcer in 1989.

BBC TV announcer 1964 to 1968; presenter BBC Radio 4's 'Today' from 1971 to 1974. Later a newscaster and broadcaster with Independent Radio News, programme presenter on London's LBC, and then royal correspondent for IRN. Also believed to have been an announcer with Scottish TV.
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Attachment as a BBC TV announcer from 1989 - TBC. Voice on BBC TV's 'Points Of View' and for BBC TV presentation trails - both in 1991.

BBC Radio Overseas/Home Service announcer in 1941. BBC TV in-vision announcer in the 1950s. Narrator, BBC children's TV's 'I Want To Be', 1969. His daughter, Liz, was an in-vision announcer for Harlech Television, and is married to ex-news presenter Martyn Lewis.

An up-to-date profile for Andy Cartledge is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.


Kay was a BBC TV in-vision announcer in 1939 and BBC Radio announcer in 1940. She was also a famous stage, radio and TV pianist.

Kay died on 21 January 2000.
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Pauline has a post-graduate diploma in Radio Journalism. She worked as a broadcast journalist at various BBC local radio stations from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 to 2000, she was a continuity announcer on BBC One and BBC Two. She currently works as a voiceover artist and audio describer.

Hobbies: helping to run a Rainbow unit.


BBC TV in-vision announcer from 1960 - 1963; presenter, BBC regional TV's 'Town And Around', 1960 - 1961; compere/presenter of BBC TV's 'Come Dancing', 1961 - 1965; BBC Radio 2 presenter in 1987. Well known for her travels as presenter of ITV's 'Wish You Were Here' between 1974 and 1987 and as a reporter for the programme from 1988.

Judith is married to fellow broadcaster Neil Durden-Smith. Their son Mark has followed in his parents' footsteps.


Mark was an announcer on BBC One and BBC Two from the late-1990s. Left the announcing position c. 2002. Currently working at BBC Radio 1; used to cover sport for the 'Breakfast Show'.

BBC TV announcer from 1965 to 1968; presenter, BBC Light Programme in 1967.

BBC One announcer from 1998 until 2001. Now working as a producer for ITV.

Born in Belfast, Kathy attended Methodist College and studied French and Russian at Queen's University Belfast. The degree course included periods in France and Russia. Whilst at university, Kathy also had a prominent role in the drama society, which included lead roles in various productions.

In 1996, Kathy moved into broadcasting, taking on a continuity announcer/director role with BBC Northern Ireland. As well as introducing the programmes on BBC One/BBC Two Northern Ireland out-of-vision, she also featured as an in-vision announcer on BBC Choice Northern Ireland (1998 - 2001). Kathy was also a regular voice on the BBC Northern Ireland animated political satire, 'Folks on the Hill' (January 2001 - November 2010), where she provided the voices for all the female characters, including Anne Robinson, the Queen and Victoria Beckham..

In August 2003, Kathy took up a post with Radio Netherlands in Hilversum. She spent a number of years there, as a reporter and presenter. Whilst working for the Dutch broadcaster, she also took on a newsreader role with the BBC World Service (January 2004 - present). An announcing role with BBC Radio 4 was next (August 2006 - present), which would see Kathy become one of the most familiar voices on the network. She read out listeners' letters on Scott Mills's afternoon show on BBC Radio 1 (July 2008 - July 2014) under the guise of "The Posh Radio 4 Lady" or "The PR4L". Kathy also presents on BBC Radio 4 Extra (January 2010 - present).

In February 2007 [TBC], Kathy had a brief stint as a BBC TV network announcer.


Attachment as BBC TV announcer in 1980, mainly heard on BBC Two. Sports presenter BBC Radio 4's 'Today' in 1985 - TBC and BBC TV's 'Breakfast Time', 1985 - 1986. Presenter on LWT's 'Friday Now' in 1988 and a reporter on 'Six O'Clock Live', 1989. Currently presents cricket coverage for Sky Sports.
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Jayne was a BBC TV network announcer (1989 - April 1996). As well as covering BBC One and BBC Two, she also announced on UK Horizons. At 1.46am on Tuesday 9th April 1996, Jayne bowed out of BBC network announcing, with the following announcement over the BBC One clock, at closedown: "Well that's just about it for BBC One for tonight. We've come to the end of our bank holiday offerings - and I've come to the end of my service to BBC One. Thanks for your company and don't forget that BBC Radio is still going strong: Steve Madden's on Radio 2 and Radio 4 takes the World Service throughout the night. Give them a whirl if you're staying around. On behalf of tonight's team on BBC One though, it just remains for me, Jayne Constantinis, for the last time, to wish you a very goodnight and a good start to the new week. Goodbye."

Jayne is an experienced producer and presenter. She wrote, directed and fronted a series of location strands on restaurants, museums and hotels for the broadband channel, Viewing4Leisure. She has presented on BBC schools programmes: 'Primary History' and 'Primary Geography'. She has presented two series of 'Hart-Davis on History' and countryside series 'Langley Country' for BBC Two. She has presented four series of 'Holiday in Style' for UK Style; a series of 'Travel Guides to...' for BBC World; and travel reports for Classic FM Radio. She was also a regular guest news reviewer and contributor to LBC Radio programmes.


One of the original trio of BBC TV in-vision announcers at Alexandra Palace appearing from 1936 to 1939. BBC Radio announcer in the 1940s.
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Carol was a BBC TV in-vision relief network announcer (1952).

BBC TV announcer in the mid to late-1970s and early-1980s. Dan still occasionally presents BBC Radio 4's 'PM' programme. He started his career with Cardiff's short-lived CBC Radio.

Chris was a BBC Two network announcer in the mid-1960s.

Mark was a BBC TV network announcer (1986 - 1992). He was also a BBC Radio External Services announcer and BBC World Service TV announcer.

Ben was a BBC TV network announcer (early-1990s - 1996). He then moved to an announcing role at Channel 4 (1996 - c. 1998).

Polly was a BBC TV in-vision network announcer (1957 - 1960). Other roles include: reporter, 'Tonight' (1959 - 1962); panellist on BBC TV's 'What's My Line?' (1959/1960); panellist, 'Face the Music' (1971 - 1974). She was a contributor to BBC Children's TV's 'What's New?' (1962/1963). She married sports broadcaster Peter Dimmock.

Polly died on 15th July 1987.
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BBC TV announcer, 1971; BBC Radio 4/External Services/World Service announcer 1971 to 1974 and 1978 onwards. He worked as a pres/admin officer at the Atlantic Relay Station, Ascension Island, 1974 to 1978.

John obtained a BA (Hons) in communication, cultural studies and public media from the University of Leeds. He also has a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism, from City University, London and a Masters degree in modern European studies, from London Metropolitan University.

John's broadcasting career began in 1991 with the BBC; he was a newsreader and producer with BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey.

In 1992, he made the switch to television, presenting and reporting for Yorkshire TV's early morning (GMTV) and evening news programmes. John returned to radio in 1993, news reading and writing for Classic FM. He went back to the BBC in 1994, presenting and producing for the BBC World Service.

In 1997, he took up a position as a television continuity announcer with BBC TV; his voice was heard on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Choice. From 1999, he switched to the announcer's booths at UK Gold and BBC World TV.

It was back to radio again in 2001; John became an announcer for the BBC World Service (Education Network). In 2004, he switched to presenting: initially for the English programme for China; and then in 2005, he began presenting the live, daily 'BBC Xtra' English programme, heard on BBC Arabic.

John tells us that he is an enthusiastic pro-European...and Finland lover!


Martin started off in broadcasting as a television announcer with BBC Northern Ireland in the 1960s.

Martin's career profile in detail:
1968 - 1971: BBC One continuity announcer, London.

1971 - 1975: BBC TV presentation promotions assistant producer - trailer production for BBC One and BBC Two programmes. BBC TV directors four-week production course.

1976 - 1979: BBC TV presentation promotions producer - as above, but including production of trailers for 'Radio Times', corporate and season campaigns. Programme producer for 'Points of View'.

1979 - 1980: British America's Cup Challenge (Lionheart) team member.

1981 - 1984: BBC TV presentation editor. Responsible to the controllers of BBC One and BBC Two for BBC TV output. BBC junior management course.

1984 - 1986: BBC TV senior presentation editor. Overall responsibility to the above for all aspects of BBC TV output, including channel identities and logos, with three teams of presentation editors, assistant editors and network directors. BBC senior management course at Ashridge College, Herts, England.

1986 - 1987: head of presentation, SuperChannel. Set up the presentation team, with overall responsibility for transmission, promotions and programme preparation and operation. Set up children's weekday and weekend programme strands. As deputy director of programmes, responsible for creating the team to combine a variety of children's programmes into single programme strands, 'Hippo' (Monday - Friday) and 'Funbus' (Saturday and Sunday). Cast Gaby Roslin as presenter - her first television show.

1987 - 1992: television production and promotion. Consultant for TVS presentation, working for director of programmes, Alan Boyd; promotions producer, Channel 4 (Olympics, 'Breakfast Show' launch); BSB (Sports Channel launch); and BBC World Service TV presentation and promotions departments - set up programme editing (later called 'versioning'). Executive producer (development) 'The Webbs' - children's animation stories.

1987 - 1992: head of presentation, UK Gold Broadcasting. Six-month contract with responsibility for setting up the presentation department to launch a new satellite television channel.

1993 - 1994: promotions scheduler, Meridian Broadcasting Ltd; assistant producer, BBC World Service presentation (freelance).

1994 - 2002: executive producer, BBC General Factual. Responsible for supplying versioned programmes for BBC World, BBC Prime, BBC News 24, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, UK Style and UK Horizons with a team of assistant producers, trained to operate office-based multi-m/c PC-controlled linear and non-linear edit suites. Series producer 'Talking Movies' (weekly for BBC Two, BBC World, BBC News 24 and BBC America); 'Holiday in Style' (UK Style); 'Holiday Snaps''; 'Looking Good Tricks'; 'Home Front Tricks'; 'Afoot Again in the Past' (multi-episode series for BBC Two); 'My Favourite Movie' (BBC World). Executive producer 'Saturday Kitchen' (series 1, BBC Two, 40-programme series).

2002 - 2003: executive producer, ClarkTV/TTL 'Talking Movies' and programme development.

2003 - 2004: head of production, MICG Ltd.

2004 - 2006: managing director, London International Television Ltd.

2006: launched The Business Channel on Sky Digital (channel 547).


An up-to-date profile for Malcolm Eynon is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

BBC TV Network television announcer from the late-1990s. Moved to radio c. 2002. Jumoke presents 'Inspirit', BBC London's multi-faith magazine programme taking an ethical look at the weeks top news stories. Tackling a wide range of religious and ethical subjects from abortion to gay bishops, sacred cows to UFO religions.

Adrian was a continuity announcer at BBC Wales for a short period in the first half of 1991 before moving to Network Presentation in London. He remained there until 1993 when he moved to Carlton for six months, then Anglia for another six, before returning to Network BBC One and BBC Two in 1994.

Adrian left to join BBC World in spring 1995. For a while he freelanced as an announcer at LWT in 1995 and 1996; around the same time he was also the pre-recorded voice of the Channel 4 'Schools' strand.

As well as being the voice of BBC World (albeit pre-recorded), Adrian also worked there as a news presenter. Adrian left the BBC in autumn 2004 to take up a position with CNN.


BBC TV Network announcer from early/mid-1990s (TBC).

BBC TV announcer, 1973 - 1985. A very distinctive voice. Prior to his network announcing role, Michael was a station assistant at BBC Radio Merseyside.

Jennifer is the daughter of Molly Gay (actress) and Hugo Rignold (composer), She was born on 22nd September 1935 and so only aged 14 when she began appearing as a children's TV announcer from June 1949. In December 1949 she announced the first children's programmes transmitted from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter and was also at the opening of Lime Grove Studios in May 1950. Her final appearance, aged 17, was in May 1953.
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Currently working on BBC One and BBC Two.

BBC TV announcer for 21 years, 1964 - 1982 and senior announcer from February 1982 to 1985. He died in November 1985.

BBC TV Network announcer from the late-1990s (TBC).

An accomplished actor and BBC TV in-vision relief announcer from 1952 to 1953 and in 1955. He later announced at ATV in London at the weekends. Gray also provided the voice of Colonel White in the cult 1960s children's television classic, 'Captain Scarlet'. Donald Gray died on 7 April 1978.
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Anne was a presenter on UTV's local news magazine programme 'Roundabout'; she was also an announcer at the station. She left Ulster Television to join Anglia TV's 'About Anglia' in 1962, before moving to the BBC in London where she was an in-vision announcer from 1963 until 1964.

She was well known for her work on the 'Holiday' programme from 1980 until 1991. She was also a BBC Radio 4 announcer in 1982.

Anne lost a battle against cancer on September 06 2006; she was 66.


Actress and BBC TV in-vision relief announcer in 1952.

BBC TV in-vision announcer, 1952 - 1962; regional presenter of BBC TV's 'Come Dancing' in 1960 and 1971. Presenter, BBC Light Programme, 1965 - 1967. Re-appeared in November 1986 as an in-vision announcer on BBC Two, to celebrate TV50. Peter Haigh died in January 2001, aged 75.
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An up-to-date profile for Bruce Hammal is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

Currently working on BBC One and BBC Two.

One of the post-War trio of BBC TV in-vision announcers appearing from 1946 to 1956. Became one of Granada's first announcers and presenters. On its first night of broadcasting, Granada paid tribute to the BBC, and it is fitting that a well-known BBC announcer was with Granada for its opening celebrations. The occasion merited the front page of the TV Times.

Hobley was a presenter of BBC TV's 'For Deaf Children' between 1953 and 1955, and 'It's A Knockout' in 1966. He re-appeared in November 1986 as an in-vision announcer on BBC Two, to celebrate TV50, the 50th anniversary of BBC Television. McDonald Hobley died on 30 July 1987.
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David Hoffman was a BBC TV in-vision announcer at Alexandra Palace briefly during the post war years.

BBC TV announcer for a short time in the 1980s. Moved to Independent Radio News. Olga was also one of the original Channel 4 announcing team in 1982.

Grampian TV announcer and BBC TV in-vision announcer in the mid-1960s; presenter, BBC children's TV 'Junior Points Of View', 1963 - 1964.
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BBC TV announcer since 1993.
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Nikki was on attachment as a BBC TV announcer in 1986 and 1988. She also provided voiceovers on BBC 'Points of View'.

An up-to-date profile for Natalie Jaque is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

An up-to-date profile for Kenneth Kendall is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

With a rich, fruity voice, Martin was an announcer at Southern TV in 1973 and a BBC TV announcer for 16 years, 1973 - 1989. Latterly, he was a BBC Radio World Service announcer. In a past life, Martin also provided "guest" character voices in the Gerry Anderson puppet shows 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' and 'Joe 90'.

BBC TV announcer from 1992.

BBC TV announcer, 1992 - TBC. Also a Channel 4 announcer.

BBC TV announcer from 1991.

Dean has been a BBC TV announcer since 1999. In addition to domestic presentation, he is currently the voice of the BBC's international channel, BBC Prime broadcasting to Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel and the United Arab Emirates - and from December 2004, two additional BBC Worldwide channels: BBC Prime (Asia) and BBC Japan.
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BBC Radio External Services announcer, 1986 - 1987 and 1988 - TBC. Attachment as BBC TV announcer, 1987 - 1988.

Freelance BBC TV announcer, 1983 - 1989. BBC World Service TV announcer, 1992. Television South announcer in the late-1980s.

BBC TV in-vision announcer from 1955 to 1961. He later contributed to many BBC programmes, including a spell as a regional presenter on 'Come Dancing' from 1957 to 1966 and between 1968 and 1972. His voice was heard on the very first advert for Gibbs SR Toothpaste shown at 8.12pm on the opening night of ITV on September 22 1955.

He presented the London area news magazine 'Town and Around' in 1961. He was a BBC TV relief newsreader in March 1961. Later he worked for an Australian TV company in Sydney and eventually retired to Norfolk and became a very good portrait painter.
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BBC TV announcer from 1987 to 1992 and again since 1996. Married to BBC TV weatherman Rob McElwee.
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BBC TV announcer, 1950s.

Steve joined the BBC in 1978 as a studio manager in the External (Overseas) Services at Bush House. He began announcing and news reading on the World Service in 1980 and a year later became a comedy producer in Radio Light Entertainment. From 1981 - 1982 he was a researcher on BBC TV's 'Parkinson'.

He returned to radio as an announcer on BBC Radio 4 and early in 1983 joined BBC Radio 2 as an announcer/newsreader/presenter. He began presenting 'Nightride' at the start of 1985. Attachment as BBC TV announcer in 1989 and also voiced BBC TV presentation trails in 1990.
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(Real name Michael Manning). One of Michael's first broadcast roles was as that of BBC Radio 4 announcer (1973 - 1974). He also worked as a newsreader/announcer at the BBC World Service (1975). He later moved to BBC Bristol as a radio/TV announcer followed by spells in London, Southampton, Manchester and Plymouth. In 1980 he had his first shift as a BBC TV network announcer. He remained in that role until his untimely death in a car accident on 18th April 1984.

In September 2010, Jeff Coote, a former colleague of Mike's, contacted us: "Although it is very difficult for me to write this, I think that it is important to record the information once and for all so that people know and understand what happened on that sad day. Mike was on his way from his flat in Heather Court, Montpelier Terrace to spend a couple of days with me and my wife in Ruislip when he had the accident. His friend Ross (he was a VT editor on 'BBC Breakfast Time') was driving them in his Mini on the A23 from Brighton. An old man had stopped in a lay-by (just north of the junction with the A281) intending to cross the dual carriageway to visit a friend. He started to cross in front of an articulated lorry just as Ross and Mike were overtaking. Their car was pushed across the central reservation (nothing more than a raised kerb in those days) and hit a car coming in the opposite direction (I met the driver at the inquest, who had suffered serious permanent injuries but survived). Apparently Ross fell across Mike's lap (probably died on impact) which caused him to be extremely upset. According to people who helped at the scene of the accident, Mike was sitting on the grass bank and talking while waiting for the ambulance.

"I still don't know why he died and there seemed to be some confusion about where he was taken after the accident as his mother wasn't sure which hospital to go to. My wife and I visited her in Brighton for some years afterwards but I don't think she ever really recovered from the loss. I never knew anything about Mike's father.

"Mike was going to be the godfather to my eldest son Christopher.

"Together, Mike and I tried to move BBC continuity from the staid Radio 4-ish style (long periods - i.e., more than half a second - of silence and black) of presentation to something (cuts between slides and symbols and programmes with no pauses but still with some style) which held the viewers attention, to try to match the programmes that Michael Grade was having enormous success (and viewing figures) with at the time. By the time Mike died, I think we had quite some success with the support of the more ambitious network editors, such as Martin Everard, and BBC One has never been the same since."


BBC Radio Home Service/Third announcer in 1942 and 1957. One of the post-War trio of BBC TV in-vision announcers appearing from 1947 to 1958. Presenter, BBC TV's 'Picture Parade' in 1950. She also appeared on BBC children's TV - she was commentator on the 'Children's Newsreel' in the early-1950s and a presenter of 'Monday Magazine' in 1955 and 'For Deaf Children' in 1956. She returned to the BBC as an in-vision announcer in November 1986 to celebrate TV50, the 50th anniversary of BBC Television, on BBC Two.
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Manju was a BBC TV network announcer (1990 - c. 1997 and c. 2001 - TBC) and also a BBC World Service TV announcer (1992). Manju also provided voiceovers for trails featured on BBC News 24. And she was also an announcer on UKTV's Good Food channel. She presented the early (4am - 6am) weekend show on BBC Radio 2 (January/February 1997). In 1999, she won the BBC's 'Food and Drink' competition and went on to cook alongside Antony Worrall-Thompson on BBC Two. She is now a TV chef and award-winning author of several cookbooks. In her cooking, she draws on her childhood experiences living in India amidst a vast variety of cuisines and combines it with urban western life, creating a unique Brit-Indi style of food influenced by easy Indian home-cooking. In 2010, Manju filmed a forty-part programme for the India-based channel NDTV. 'Cooking isn't Rocket Science' aims to teach viewers how to prepare classic British dishes with readily accessible local ingredients in India while retaining the original essence.

Vicki worked on attachment as a BBC TV network announcer (1988 - 1989). She later worked as a producer in the presentation department.

An up-to-date profile for Keith Martin is available at our new Showreel site. LINK to new profile.

Trevor was a network BBC TV voice-only announcer (1962 - 1963).

Alex was a network BBC TV announcer (c. 1995/1996).

Roger was a network BBC TV announcer for 29 years (1966 - 1995). He then moved to the BBC World Service as an announcer (1995 - TBC).

Scottish voice who got an attachment as a BBC Network announcer in 1989. BBC World Service TV announcer, 1992. Worked briefly in 1993 as an announcer for ITV Carlton in London. She has also worked as an announcer with BSB, Living TV and BBC Scotland.

Andrea is currently an announcer with Five.


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Bernard was a network BBC TV relief announcer (1952).

Actress and BBC TV in-vision relief announcer in 1953.
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David was born in 1954. He joined the BBC in 1975, working initially as a studio manager in Bush House. He was a trainee announcer on BBC Radio 4 (1980 - 1981). He had an attachment as a BBC TV network announcer from April 1983; he later performed the same role on contract (February 1984 - 1987 and 1988 - 1995). Just before 1.10am on 12th June 1995, David bowed out of BBC TV continuity, closing down BBC One with these words: "...but as I say, BBC One has come to an end for another night and I've come to the end of this channel for the present. Many thanks for your company now and in the past. And on behalf of everyone working at Television Centre, this is David Miles wishing you a very peaceful night. Goodnight." And upon closer inspection, the words "...the end of this channel for the present..." sounded very much like "the end of this channel 4 the present..." - undoubtedly intentional and a reference to his new job. He moved to Channel 4, taking on a similar out-of-vision announcing role (1995 - 1996) - minus the vision mixing which he would've been used to in his BBC role. Incidentally, at the time of his departure from the BBC, the network control areas had just been replaced and the new regime meant that continuity announcers no longer performed any vision mixing. From a technical perspective, fading up/down the microphone in the announcing booth or cueing breakdown music was about as complex as it got.

David was also a presenter on 'Noticeboard' (1986 - 1987). Later, he was a presentation director/assistant editor and relief in-vision newsreader on BBC South. He also voiced BBC TV presentation trails (1990).

David left Channel 4 to return to BBC Radio 4 as an announcer (1996 - present). He has also announced on BBC Radio 5. In addition to his radio announcing, David has announced on the UK versions of the History Channel and Military History (dates TBC) and has also narrated documentaries for the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic and Biography.


BBC TV voice-only announcer, 1961 to 1965.

A BBC radio announcer from 1934 to 1936, Leslie Mitchell was the first BBC TV in-vision announcer, based at Alexandra Palace, appearing from 1936 to 1938. During the war he was a regular narrator for the British Movietone News newsreel shown in cinemas across the UK. After the war, he became an interviewer on BBC TV's 'Picture Parade' in 1946 and again between 1948 and 1951. He also presented 'Come Dancing' in 1950.

Leslie defected to ITV in 1955 to join Associated-Rediffusion Television in London, where he became chief announcer. Such was his legend that A-R TV's striking station clock was later nicknamed 'Mitch'.

Leslie died on 23 November 1985, aged 80.
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Tim was a BBC TV network announcer for 24 years (1965 - 1970 and 1972 - 1990). He was a relief newsreader on 'News Review for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing' and 'Weekend News' (April 1971 - October 1971). He is now retired and lives abroad.

Charles was a BBC TV announcer (attachment) between 1987 and 1989. He was also a regional television announcer on BBC Scotland for a while in the early-1990s. He was a BBC Radio 2 announcer, newsreader and presenter between 1981 and 1989 and a commentator on 'Come Dancing' from 1985 to 1986 and 1988 to 1995. Charles also voiced BBC TV presentation trails.

Charles is now the managing director of A1 VOX, the London sound studios. Until late-2002, he also presented the afternoon show on London's Jazz FM. He is one of the main voices of the UK version of the History Channel on satellite television, along with former Beeb colleague David Allan.

Charles tells us: "My most memorable moments? Doing BBC One continuity the night PanAm 103 crashed on Lockerbie. Working with the true greats of television continuity - announcers like Martin King, David Allan and Andy Cartledge. And the golden moment when I put the BBC Two symbol up on screen and cheerfully announced 'This is BBC One'".
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BBC TV announcer, 1990.

One of the original Southern TV announcers from 1958 to 1960. Meryl was a BBC TV in-vision announcer from 1960 to 1965. Regional presenter BBC TV's 'Come Dancing', 1963 - 1965; BBC Radio External Services/World Service announcer since 1974.

Meryl re-appeared in November 1986 as in-vision announcer on BBC Two to celebrate TV50, the 50th anniversary of BBC Television.
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Announcer for Southern TV, 1959 - 1961; also, ATV and ABC Television. BBC TV voice only announcer, 1965 to 1972. BBC Radio External Services announcer 1975 onwards.

BBC TV in-vision relief announcer, 1955.

A former musical actress, Peters joined the BBC in 1947 after answering a newspaper advertisement for a continuity announcer and was one of the post-War trio of announcers who stayed until 1958. She was also a presenter of BBC TV's 'Come Dancing' in 1954 and between 1958 and 1958. She also fronted BBC children's TV's 'For Deaf Children' in 1956.

Retired and later ran a dress shop in Wimbledon but came out of retirement to work as a presenter on the Channel 4 series 'Years Ahead'. She also re-appeared in November 1986 as an in-vision announcer on BBC Two to celebrate TV50, the 50th anniversary of BBC Television.

One of her most notable achievements, however, was when she worked to coach HM The Queen in broadcasting skills to make the Queen's Christmas broadcasts.
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Attachment as BBC TV announcer in 1987. Returned to BBC Radio Devon as a general producer.
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Currently announcing on BBC One and BBC Two. A soft Northern Ireland accent.
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BBC TV national continuity announcer from 1963 to 1965 who also announced at Tyne Tees Television from 1959 to 1960. Valerie also interviewed for regional news magazine 'North East Roundabout'. She left the programme in 1960 to marry James Sargent who was stage manager of the Sadler's Wells Opera Company.

Much later, she married the famous conductor Sir Georg Solti. She was also a presenter on BBC regional TV's 'Town And Around' and 'South Today' in 1964; presenter, BBC TV's 'Play School', 1965 to 1969, and a panellist on BBC TV's 'Face The Music' between 1975 and 1984.

She returned in November 1986 as an in-vision announcer on BBC Two to celebrate TV50, the 50th anniversary of BBC Television.
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BBC Midlands newsreader, 1957; BBC Radio Light Programme/Home Service/Third Programme announcer, 1958 to 1962 and 1964/1965. He was also presenter of BBC regional TV's 'Town And Around' in 1960 and a BBC TV voice-only announcer in 1966.

BBC TV voice-only announcer, 1968 - 1969. Later voiced BBC TV presentation trails in 1972. Brother of actor Oliver and sports broadcaster Simon.

In-vision announcer at Grampian who went on to announce nationally for BBC TV.

Liz was a network BBC announcer (late-1990s - c. 2000).

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John was a BBC TV voice-only announcer (1966 - 1968). He moved to BBC Manchester (1968 - 1970) and then returned to London as assistant presentation editor (1970 - 1974). Later he was head of BBC Video (1978 - 1984) and chief executive of Coventry Cable TV (1984 - TBC).

Reg was a BBC TV announcer (1989 - 1997). He was the first announcer to consistently use a BBC Two ident (minus voiceover) after the clock at closedown.

On leaving the announcing team he went on a BBC drama directing course and ended up directing television promotions for BBC Creative Services. He also produced the early UK Style team for a while. In 1999, he went to the USA and produced a small team of promotion makers for BBC America. He returned to the UK in the summer of 2001.

Reg then relocated to the BBC in Manchester, where he headed up their creative team until summer 2006. He subsequently became a freelance TV director/producer.
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Michaela's first job was with Molinare (1987 - 1989), where she managed a large sound effects and music library and was a client liaison regarding programme requirements, sourcing classical and popular music and recording bespoke effects/foley. Next up was a role as a studio manager with Legion (1989 - 1992), a multi-language recording studio, which produced programmes for large publishing agencies such as IPC magazines. Michaela was responsible for employing, managing and training new staff and producing sessions in many languages. She also voiced a wide range of programmes - including band interviews and chart shows - as well as coordinating client bookings, studio maintenance and studio upgrades.

In 1992, she moved to BBC Television Centre, where she took up a job as a network announcer, initially covering BBC One and BBC Two. But she would later appear on other channels, such as BBC Prime, UKTV (various channels), BBC World Service TV and BBC Showcase. Michaela left continuity in 2003 to focus on her BBC Radio 7 (now BBC Radio 4 Extra) presenting role, which she took on in late-2002 when the channel launched. In May 2008, in addition to her radio work, she freelanced as an announcer for the BBC's new HD TV channel, BBC HD. She continued providing announcements on the channel until 2013.

Michaela finished up with BBC Radio 7 when it was rebranded as BBC Radio 4 Extra, in spring 2011. Since June 2010, she has worked as a freelance voiceover artist. Clients include: BBC America; M&S; Discovery; Saab; Nintendo; Barclays Bank. Her portfolio includes corporate online videos, TV/radio promotions, continuity, character and animation.


Avis was a former actress. She was born in 1918, with the surname Scutt. Many people tried to persuade her to alter her name but it was Noel Coward who finally persuaded her when he said "my dear, the name Scutt sounds like a great piece of rabbit!".

She appeared in the theatre and in the films 'Waterfront' (opposite Richard Burton) and 'To Have and to Hold' (with Patrick Barr). In March 1954 she became a BBC TV in-vision announcer, replacing Noelle Middleton and was immensely popular with viewers. However, her good looks and charm were to be her downfall as in January 1955 she was sacked for being "too glamourous and sexy." In an article in The Argus newspaper, dated Monday 17th January 1955, she is quoted as saying: "My personality is apparently too strong for their new policy". In the same article, a BBC TV official said Avis was "too vivacious, too bubbly" for making announcements. "Viewers were so disturbed by her method of presentation that they lost the meaning of what she was saying."

Avis lived in Hollywood from 1962 until the late-1990s, when she moved to Fort Collins in Colorado following the death of her husband, musician Jack Matthias. She worked in US television until her retirement in the early-1980s. Avis died on 31st May 2010, aged 92.
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Hannah's love of radio began in her teenage years and her first broadcasting job would be in radio with the BBC in Herts, Beds and Bucks. Having worked in television for many years subsequently, she later returned to radio, researching and presenting 'Travellers' Tales' on Premier Radio. In 2010, she's became one of the producers of BBC Radio 2's 'Pause for Thought' segment.

Hannah has also presented on television for BBC and ITV and fronted commercials, corporate videos and training films. TV projects include: 'The Heaven and Earth Show' (BBC One) where she rates her highlights as interviewing Dolly Parton and Richard E Grant; 'Cathedral Cities' (ITV); 'By Royal Appointment' (ITV); 'Taste of the South' (ITV); she has interviewed winemaking expert and businessman Tony Laithwaite, directly selling hundreds of cases of his wine on 'The Flying Winemakers' (UKTV Food); toured Andalucia for Real Estate TV and sold thousands of holidays on various channels over many years (including Cruise First TV, Thomas Cook TV and Travel Channel). Hannah has also fronted corporate training/sales videos and presented award ceremonies.

Hannah was a continuity announcer on network BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Choice (c. 1995 - 2002). She later went freelance and announced on BBC Four (2002 - 2006) and BBC World (2006 - TBC).


Brian was a BBC TV in-vision announcer (1956) and BBC Midlands announcer (late-1950s).

Clem started off as a BBC announcer (1966 - 1973). In the 1970s he moved on to work on the announcing staff at various ITV regional centres including Anglia, Border, Tyne Tees and Scottish TV (1974 - 1975).
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Peter was an actor (1958 - 1966) and then a newsreader at TWW (Bristol) and Tyne Tees TV in Newcastle. He was an announcer on network BBC TV (1969) and also at Southern Television and Anglia Television. He was a BBC Radio 4/External Services/World Service announcer (1970 - TBC).

Winifred was a BBC TV announcer (1946 - October 1947). She died on 4th April 1996.
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Valerie is a former actress, who began her television career as a BBC TV in-vision announcer in early-1962. She auditioned for 'Blue Peter' in April 1962 and became one of the best-known and longest-serving presenters (September 1962 - May 1973), although she continued to appear occasionally in the studio until December 1974 and on film until May 1976.

She still pops up for special anniversaries proudly wearing her gold badge. She has also presented: 'Blue Peter Royal Safari' (1971); 'Blue Peter Special Assignment' (1973 - 1976 and 1981); 'Val Meets the VIPs' (1973); 'All Star Record Breakers' (1974/1975).

She moved to adult TV: as a presenter on 'Nationwide' (1977/1978); she presented 'Consumer Desk' (1973 - 1975); 'Tonight' (1978 - 1979); presenter on 'The Money Programme' (1980 - 1988). She also presented on BBC Radio 4: 'Mid-Week with Valerie Singleton' (1980); 'PM' (1982 - February 1993); 'I Can Do That' (1999). Valerie later became a travel writer.
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Alyson's broadcasting career began in 1998 in local radio, first as a presenter with Signal FM in Stockport, then The Pulse in Bradford and later Lite AM in Manchester.

In 2000, Alyson moved to AA Roadwatch and later Metro Networks (which became Trafficlink), working as a travel news presenter, providing updates for various BBC local radio stations as well as Talk Sport, Classic FM and Virgin Radio.

In 2002, Alyson became a network BBC announcer, covering BBC One and BBC Two.


BBC TV announcer (1988).

Zeb was a network announcer on BBC One and BBC Two (September 1998 - February 2003). He signed off for the last time as a BBC TV announcer at 12.30am on BBC Two on Thursday 6th February 2003. He took up a position with BBC Radio 4 the following Monday.

Zeb also launched BBC Four and was the channel's sole announcer for the first ten months.


In-vision announcer for ATV in the Midlands in the early-1970s who went on to become a BBC TV announcer in the mid-1970s. In-vision announcer at Anglia between 1975 and 1989.
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BBC Radio 4 announcer, 1984 - 1985. BBC TV announcer, 1985 - 1986. He then moved within the Presentation Department, producing trails and later worked on new production systems for the new Broadcast Centre.

(OBE). Ian started his career as an in-vision announcer on Yorkshire Television in 1968 and later moved to BBC TV where he was an announcer, mainly on BBC Two, from 1970 to 1976. He was awarded an OBE in 1993 for services to the community in Japan, mainly for work on behalf of children with special needs.

From 1976 to 1980, he was seconded from the BBC to Japan's NHK network to work on a variety of international programmes, many of which did well in international competitions. Though his main work is now in the area of public affairs, he still does narrations, both commercial and documentaries, and currently hosts a monthly internet TV programme called 'Market Access'.

Ian told us: "Happy memories of BBC announcing. Came to Japan in 1976 to make programmes here and have stayed, working on a number of stations, chiefly NHK and NTV. Now working in public affairs with the BCCJ; and am sometimes back in the UK to make presentations."


HTV West and Thames TV continuity announcer who moved to the HTV weather department when in-vision announcing was axed in 1993. Lorna Stevens was regularly seen as a weather presenter on both HTV West and HTV Wales, but recently left when weather presentation was centralised in Birmingham. Lorna is also believed to have announced for HTV Wales.

A former professional model who worked with The Bluebell Girls first in Barcelona, Spain, and then in Paris, she started her broadcasting career on her return the UK with local ILR station Radio 210 in the Thames Valley. She went on to work as an announcer for BBC Radio 4 and was an announcer on BBC TV from 1984 to 1986, before embarking on a career as a freelance announcer/presenter for several ITV companies and also on BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting). Lorna also worked as an announcer on Westcountry Television in Plymouth for around 18 months from 1993 with colleague Peter Griffin.


Cathy was a BBC TV announcer from 1986 until 1991. She also provided voiceovers on BBC TV's 'Points Of View' in 1988. She was also a BBC External Service/Radio 4 announcer and voiced BBC TV presentation trails 1990 - TBC.

BBC TV announcer, 1980 to February 1982 and later presentation director/assistant producer until 1992.

BBC TV announcer for 25 years, between 1971 and 1985 and senior announcer from 1985 to c. 1996. His responsibilities later were to recruit new voices which kept him away from the microphone a lot of the time. Now retired.
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Vivien was a Central TV announcer and newsreader in the early-1980s. She was also a daytime continuity announcer for Thames TV and Anglia TV at about the same time.

In 1983, she had a spell as a BBC TV announcer. She was a presenter, BBC Radio 2 in 1980; BBC Radio 2 announcer from 1980 until 1982. She also appeared as relief weather presenter on BBC TV's 'Breakfast Time' in 1988 and as a voice on BBC TV's 'Points Of View' in 1988 - TBC.


Attachment as BBC TV announcer, 1989.

Andy was a BBC TV network announcer (1989 - November 1997). He also voiced BBC TV presentation trails (1990 - TBC). Andy's last day with BBC network presentation was Saturday 8th November 1997. When closing down BBC Two just before 3am on 8th November 1997, his colleague Michaela Saunders gave Andy a mention: "That's it from BBC Two tonight. Just time to remind you of BBC Radios 1 through to 5, where you can find music, news and chat right through the night. And as the witching hour of 3 o'clock approaches, all of us on the team thank you for being with us tonight and would like to say a fond farewell to one of our announcing colleagues - Andy Taylor left us this evening. And he's off to find the sun - we wish him Bon Voyage and we wish you a good night."

BBC Radio 2 announcer, 1981 - 1982. BBC TV announcer, 1982 - 1983. Channel 4 and TVS announcer in the late-1980s. She also voiced BBC TV presentation trails in 1988.
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Guy was invited to join Television Wales and West (TWW) in 1959 as the first newsreader/interviewer at their newly opened Bristol studio before becoming anchorman of the nightly news magazine, 'TWW Reports', covering Wales and the West Country. He was presented with an Ambrose Fleming Award for his contribution to television, but says he prefers to remember his interviews with Marlene Dietrich, Jayne Mansfield and Miss World 1963.

Guy also filled in the odd gap in the continuity announcing rota at TWW when they were short staffed.

He freelanced from 1968, starting as a guest presenter of 'Westward Diary' in Plymouth, 'Good Morning Wales' for BBC Wales, as well as joining the BBC Two announcing team and a continuing association with the BBC 'Midlands Today' programme at Pebble Mill.

Guy pioneered the introduction of audio books for education, presented motor sports films for American television and the first of the popular music compilation TV programmes with a profile of Vivian Ellis. Frequent presenter of industrial films. Guy is now retired and concentrates on research for museum projects.


Pauline was a BBC TV in-vision announcer from 1955 to 1961; and a contributor to BBC Radio's 'In Town Tonight' in 1956/1957.
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Sheila was a presenter on BBC TV South West's 'Spotlight' in 1960/1961. She was a BBC TV in-vision announcer from 1961 until 1963 and a presenter on the BBC Light Programme in 1963.

She was a BBC Radio 4/Radio 2 announcer from 1973 - TBC and a presenter on BBC Radio 2 from 1977 onwards. She also voiced BBC TV presentation trails.


BBC TV announcer for 22 years - from 1960 to 1966 as announcer and senior announcer, 1966 to 1982. After retiring he appeared on Showcable, BBC's London cable service for Visionhire Ltd.

In October 2007, Tegwen took up a position as the sole announcer for BBC Four. She also works as an actress and voiceover artist, doing corporate voice work and providing voices for popular children's TV show, 'Fireman Sam'.
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Sasha was a Network BBC announcer from 1998 until 2003, her voice being heard on BBC One and BBC Two as well as BBC Prime and BBC Learning. In August 2003, she crossed over to ITV, where she announced on ITV 1, ITV 2 and ITV 3.

Sasha left ITV in early-2005, and in August 2005 she moved to Russia Today (a new 24-hour TV news channel, broadcasting worldwide) as a news anchor. A natural progression perhaps - Sasha is a fully-qualified broadcast journalist. She was also the launch anchor for the channel.

In April 2007, Sasha moved back to the UK, where she is now a regular face on Sky News.

Sasha started her career in radio. She worked as a DJ for several years at various local and regional radio stations. During her time in radio, she produced a wide spectrum of programmes, ranging from countless celebrity interviews to a week spent in orphanages and refugee camps in Bosnia during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

She was also a presenter for a national cable kids TV channel, dishing up a weekly talk show and a series of location-based programmes about life at university.


Attachment as a BBC TV announcer in 1985. Simon worked as a freelance presenter for BBC Radio Brighton from 1976, joining the staff there in 1980 until he moved to BBC Radio 4 in 1983. He was there until early-1992 when he emigrated to San Francisco.

Since then he has done a variety of voiceover work, including recording award-winning audio books in his own studio, as well as a great deal of stage work - he was in four episodes of CBS TV's 'Nash Bridges' (with Don Johnson) which was filmed locally.
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Currently working on BBC One and BBC Two.

Mark was a BBC TV announcer from 1983 to 1986 (first voice heard over the new BBC One COW globe in 1985), moving from BBC TV Newcastle where he fronted bulletins for 'Look North' and BBC Radio 4 in the north. Before that, he presented on BBC local radio in Leeds and Cleveland.

In 1986, he became an assistant producer for BBC network religious programmes, and in 1988 he moved to BBC TV in Leeds as a director and presenter, directing documentaries and features for both regional and network output. Programmes included 'North Of Westminster', 'Settle', 'Carlisle Railway', and 'The Restoration Of York Minster'. He was also a relief presenter of TV news bulletins.

In 1990, Mark moved back to BBC TV in London returning to the announcing team until c. 1992. Later he was transmission director for BBC One and BBC Two and involved with the launch of the satellite services BBC World and BBC Prime. Recently, he has worked as a creative producer for BBC Broadcast, leading a team of promo directors producing radio and television spots for the English regions.


Patrick was a Network announcer with the BBC from August 1994 until October 1998. He has been working as an announcer on Channel 4 since January 1999.

Sarah was a BBC TV network announcer, 1965 - 1966. She was also a presenter on BBC TV's 'Junior Points of View', 1964 - 1967 and 1970.

Colin was a BBC TV announcer from February 1965 until April 1975 and during the 1980s and 1990s filled various roles within the presentation department, including director, assistant producer, and editor. He even returned briefly to the announcer's microphone in 1989 as holiday cover. He was the voice of the popular game show 'The Generation Game' - "and on the conveyor belt tonight we have...".

Colin now runs his own theatre company based on the Costa Del Sol in Spain.


Gillian was a BBC TV in-vision announcer from 1946 - 1947. Born in Leicester, in 1926, Gillian became a student at RADA soon after she left school in 1943. When she was called up for national service she enlisted in ENSA and began touring England with Twelfth Night. She then toured the Middle East with the play Nine to Six, in which her part was of a mannequin with a few lines, but it took her to Cairo, Alexandra, Basra, Damascus, Aleppo, Beirut and Jerusalem.

It was at Habbaniya Airport in Iraq, that she met her future husband, Lieutenant Wilson of the United States Army Air Force and, in the course of just seven days, got engaged to him. Upon returning to England in May 1946, Gillian began to see agents and film directors. It was after little success she was given an introduction to the BBC and she got the job of female television announcer. She began her new job on 17 July 1946.

Gillian never saw her announcing job as long term. In an interview published in December 1946 she stated that she was currently reading all she could about America and "has all the states off by heart and can point them out on the map." In between reading about the US Gillian also listed her interests as "reads thrillers, plays tennis, and waits for her visa to the United States which in any case won't be of any use before January when she is twenty-one." Gillian finally left Alexandra Palace and her announcing job on 20 March 1947 and never returned to television again. Her vacancy was filled by Sylvia Peters after an extensive search for a new female announcer. Sylvia was the youngest of the entrants at 21 years of age.

Gillian's whereabouts at the current time are not known. Thanks to Simon Vaughan of the APTS for the background information above.


BBC TV announcer, 1991 - c. 1996. BBC World Service TV announcer in 1992.

David was a BBC TV announcer from 1979 until 1982 and again from 1984 until 1989. He appeared in-vision on BBC TV's 'Breakfast Time' TV Choice slot, 1983 - 1984.

BBC Radio announcer, 1971 to 1979, and BBC network television announcer from 1979 to 1987. After starting at the BBC in the Gramophone Library in 1966, Robin trained as a BBC studio manager working in network radio, local radio and the World Service.

He tells us: "I had been graded A1 vocally whilst training, and after some pretty intensive sessions with Peter Fettes and Aileen Macleod - the two BBC voice coaches - I was allowed to begin working relief announcer duties on the World Service in 1971, which I did for three years before moving to Southampton. After a short time in Radio Solent, the local BBC station, I resigned my staff post and moved to Television Centre in London, on a two week contract, as a network announcer on BBC One and BBC Two.

"Initially, I covered the Trade Test Films, Schools programmes and children's daytime transmissions, including subsequently, the early, single-handed Open University transmissions, before graduating to the full daytime and evening announcer duties. After over seven years of network announcing, an internal attachment to production as an assistant presentation producer/director, allowed me to make trailers, vision mix and direct live programmes including, 'The Weatherman' and 'Points Of View'. Towards the end of the 1980s I was presented with a personal award for services to the BBC, and two years later, partly as a result of medical problems, I took the decision to leave the BBC, eventually forming my own production company.

"These days, at the time of writing this some ten years later, I am still performing voiceovers, mainly for specialist video narrations and advertising, as well as producing video programmes. I vision mix for giant LED screens at Cricket and Rugby events covered by Sky Sports and I am very actively involved in a voice alarm company producing state-of-the-art fire and security products."


BBC TV in-vision announcer, 1958 to 1961. Presenter, BBC Radio's 'In Town Tonight' in 1959 and 1960; reporter, BBC TV's 'Panorama' in 1959; presenter BBC regional TV's 'Town And Around', 1959 - 1960. Nan was the first national female BBC TV newsreader between June 1960 and March 1961. She was invited to the 25th anniversary reunion of BBC TV News in July 1979, but declined to attend as she was not interested in being remembered for her TV work.
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Network BBC TV announcer (1989 - TBC).

Lynsey began her career co-presenting and producing the 'Breakfast Show' for Heart 106.2 (January 1997 - February 1997). She then became a national reporter (October 1997 - December 1999), fronting travel news on Kiss 100, Virgin Radio, TalkSport, Magic 105.4 and GMTV. Next, a creative producer role with TalkSport (December 1999 - March 2003), where she worked in a promotion production department, which entailed writing, voicing, directing and producing: commercials, promotions, station idents, documentaries and jingle packages. She also managed to squeeze in an announcing role with Granada Sky Broadcasting (October 2002 - May 2004). BBC Radio 6 Music was next on Lynsey's list, where she was a broadcast assistant (April 2003 - April 2004), working on the 'Breakfast Show' with Phil Jupitus.

She then moved into an announcer job with BBC network TV, covering BBC One and BBC Two (April 2004 - present). In addition to this, she took on announcing duties for UKTV Gold, UKTV History, UKTV Style and UKTV Food (February 2005 - October 2007). Her UKTV role later became more of an off air function (October 2007 - October 2008), overseeing the writing and announcing on the various lifestyle channels, sub-editing and crosschecking scripts and attending meetings with UKTV marketing and planning personnel. She later moved to an announcing role for UKTV channel Watch (October 2009 - present).

Lynsey has also provided writing and announcing services for various other channels: Channel 4; E4; More4; Film4; Sky Living (May 2015 - July 2016). She also provides other voiceover services in a freelance capacity: commercials, promotions, station imaging, TV narration and corporate presentation.