I worked in local newspapers in Lincolnshire before joining BBC Radio where I spent more than 30 years as a reporter, presenter, journalism trainer, producer and news editor in BBC local radio and at the Asian Network national radio station, where I was its first News/Sports Editor and then Network Manager.
I have had a life long interest in aviation, especially the military aircraft that were developed and first flown in the 1950s and 1960s. As a journalist, I was privileged to enjoy many media facility flights and deployments abroad with the RAF. I also helped the commentary team at the International Air Tattoo before it moved to Fairford.
Erratum from Chapter 7 A Stickler for Exactitude…..
The BBC had numerous buildings in London and I trained in, worked in and visited most of them over the years – Broadcasting House, Bush House, Television Centre, Western House, Egton House, Yalding House, Grafton House, Marylebone High Street, White City, Media Centre…..and The Langham. The building across the road from BH was called The Langham. Before it was sold and turned into a luxury hotel, it was the home of the headquarters of BBC Local Radio, the Local Radio Training Unit and that lively bar. The Langham. It was The Bloody Langham. So why, oh why did I call it Grafton House in Chapter 7? Grafton House was the later headquarters of the Local Radio Training Unit at the other end of Great Portland Street. So on page 79 of the paperback edition, when you see the words Grafton House, it should read The Langham. It`s The Langham bar and The Langham ghost. And I called the chapter `A Stickler for Exactitude`…….(oh, and later in the book, Stow-on-the-World really should be Stow-on-the-Wold, should it not? It has all been corrected for the e-book version……………….)
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