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BBC TV out-of-vision announcer, 1964.
Dave was a BBC Network announcer in the early-1990s.
Freelance ITV 1 announcer from October 2002. Certainly one of the great television voices of all time, with warmth and reassurance.

David's broadcasting career started in the 1960s at Radio 390 where he presented a country music programme called 'Country Style'.

He was a BBC TV voice only announcer for 25 years - from 1969 to 1972 (freelance) and from 1972 to 1994 (staff). He also provided voice-overs on BBC TV's 'Points of View' in 1987 and was a BBC Radio 2 presenter from 1976, including 'Country Club' with Wally Whyton. David was also a BBC World Service TV announcer in 1992.

Since 1995, he has been heard on ITV as a relief announcer for Carlton TV in London and for a couple of years from October 2002, he was a member of the national ITV 1 announcing team, working as a freelancer covering overnight shifts. David is also one of the main announcers on the satellite History Channel in the UK, along with Charles Nove and David Miles.
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Glen is a voice-over 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 Network TV, providing continuity for 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 former 'Loose Woman' Kaye Adams, where he was bound, gagged and kidnapped!

He moved from BBC Network to Five in 2003 and has been providing live continuity and attracting a new fan base since. He's 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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Michael Aspel started his career as a BBC TV out-of-vision continuity announcer, from 1957 until 1960, and then news reader, from October 1960 until June 1968. He later moved to presenting childrenís programmes including 'Crackerjack' and 'Ask Aspel'.

He later joined LWT as the main anchor of regional show 'The 6 O'Clock Show' from 1982 to 1988 and was a guest presenter on LWT's 'Six O'Clock Live' in 1990 and 1991. He also presented the LWT networked chat show 'Aspel And Company' from 1984 to 1993 and hosted Thames TV's 'Give Us A Clue', TVS' 'Ultra Quiz' in 1983 and the BBC TV versions of 'Blockbusters' in 1987 and 'This Is Your Life' in the 1990s.

He now presents 'The Antiques Roadshow' on the BBC.
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Dan was an announcer on BBC One and BBC Two (Network) from the mid-1990s. He also worked on BBC Prime and BBC Knowledge. He left BBC Network 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; news reader/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 TTVRP in 2009, Roger was still regularly attending castings in Wardour Street, Soho for voice-overs 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 between 1978 and 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/voice-over 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 voice-overs on corporate videos for Honda and Scottish Power. From 2001 to 2002, she was a radio news reader 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.
Tim was born on December 24 1929, and educated at Summer Fields, Eton and Geneva University. After National Service, he trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In the early-1950s, he joined the BBC as a radio announcer. From 1955 to 1957, he headed Radio Hong Kongís English programmes. He then returned to the UK, and joined BBC TV, where he was an in-vision announcer and news reader. In 1959, he moved to the 'other side', to become one of ITN's first newscasters. His debonair good looks and deep, velvet voice made him very popular.

Timís career as a broadcaster in radio and television covered an enormous repertoire. He presented 'Roundabout' on the Light Programme, and produced special documentary features for ITN and Pathe Pictorial. Sports fans will remember him from ITVís 'Letís Go'. He interviewed the Shah of Iran before his downfall, and during a report on Turkish Baths, he unintentionally became the first nude newscaster on television - an event still remembered by many. He also made cameo appearances as a newscaster in various feature films. Among the television commercials he presented were the 'Stork Margarine Challenge' and the 'Daily Sketch'. In 1977, he presented a spoof science programme for Anglia Television called 'Alternative Three', in which millions were duped into thinking that scientists were being taken to colonise the moon because earth was doomed.

In 1975, he was elected to Kent County Council in a by-election, and returned unopposed for a second term. He was appointed to the Court of London University as a County Councillor. In 1979, he was elected as the Conservative MP for Gravesend, winning the seat from Labour with a large majority. He left Parliament in 1987, and continued his broadcasting consultancy, training many broadcasters, businessmen and politicians; he also chaired a District Health Authority.

Tim died on Sunday March 22 2009, aged 79. He married twice, and has six children.
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With a very distinctive, deep, rich voice, Peter was an announcer at Southern TV from 1969 until 1971. He then became a news reader 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/news reader 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 news readers, 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.
Andy was a BBC TV announcer for thirty-two years, from 1969 until autumn 2001, when he retired from the BBC. He was also a BBC World Service TV announcer in 1992.

Andy died on December 23 2008, following a heart attack. He was 67.

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 voice-over 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.
Kathy began announcing on BBC Northern Ireland television in 1996. She also featured as an in-vision announcer on BBC Choice Northern Ireland from 1998 until 2001. Kathy was a regular voice on the BBC Northern Ireland animated political satire, 'Folks on the Hill'.

In 2003, Kathy took up a post with Radio Netherlands in Hilversum.

In February 2007 [TBC], Kathy had a brief stint as a BBC TV Network announcer. She is currently an announcer on BBC Radio 4.

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 has been a BBC TV announcer since 1989. As well as covering BBC One and BBC Two, she has also been heard announcing on UK Horizons.

She is an experienced producer as well as presenter. She wrote, directed and fronted a series of location strands on restaurants, museums and hotels for the broadband channel, Viewing4Leisure.

Jayne 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 is 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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BBC TV in-vision relief 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.
BBC Two announcer in the mid-1960s.
BBC TV announcer, 1986 - 1992; BBC Radio External Services announcer and BBC World Service TV announcer.
BBC One/BBC Two announcer in the early-1990s. Moved to Channel 4 around 1995. No longer with Channel 4.
BBC TV in-vision announcer, 1957 to 1960; reporter, 'Tonight' 1959 to 1962. Polly was also a panellist on BBC TV's 'What's My Line?', 1959/1960 and 'Face The Music', 1971 to 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 15 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 news reader 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 (now 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 - Present: managing director, London International Television Ltd.

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

Malcolm Joined the BBC in 1976, working as a network announcer on BBC One and BBC Two. He left the BBC in 2001.
BBC TV Network television announcer from the late-1990s. Moved to radio c. 2002. Jumoke presents 'Inspirit', BBC Londonís 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.
Daughter of Molly Gay (actress) and Hugo Rignold (composer), Jennifer was born on September 22 1935 and so only aged 14 when she began appearing as a childrenís TV announcer from June 1949. In December 1949 she announced the first childrenís 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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Bruce was a BBC TV announcer from 1975 until 1986. He appeared in-vision on BBC TV's 'Breakfast Time' TV Choice slot in 1983 and as commentator on 'Come Dancing', 1980 - 1984. He can now be heard making most continuity announcements on the Sky Sports channels as well as voicing 'Transworld Sports' on Channel 4 since 1991. He has also announced for Westcountry Television.
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 voice-overs on BBC 'Points of View'.
Natalie worked as a continuity announcer with the BBC from 1997 to 2004, mainly live on BBC Two. She was also the first female voice on BBC Knowledge and BBC Choice, and went on to become the BBCís first freelancer.

Having gained a degree in journalism (distinction), travelled the world and worked the red carpets as a showbiz reporter for BBC Radio 1's 'Newsbeat', she then (in 2004) moved to ITV where she became one of the main live network announcers on ITV 1. She's still there now.

Natalie's was the voice that launched ITV 3; she continued to voice the channel subsequently, as well as working on promos and Men and Motors. She is also currently the voice of the ITV phone system.

As all announcers at ITV are freelancers now, she is always open to offers of work!

Hobbies/achievements: salsa; tango; Thai boxing; global travel and adventure; fencing; judo; voluntary work for the RSPCA, hand-rearing lion and hyena cubs in Africa; rehabilitating orangutans in Borneo; completing the London Marathon; climbing mountains, glaciers and volcanoes; devil-dancing; riding ostriches; bathing elephants; flying a stunt-plane; parachuting, paragliding and parasailing; plus two bungee jumps live on air!

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Born in India, Kenneth was educated at Felsted School and Oxford, where he gained a degree in modern languages. He was a BBC Radio Home Service announcer, 1948 - 1959 and a BBC TV news reader, July 1954 until March 1961 and again from July 1969 until 22 December 1981. He was also a BBC TV in-vision announcer, 1960 - 1961.

Kenneth freelanced from 1961 - 1969 as a presenter: BBC TV children's 'Pit Your Wits', 1961 - 1963, 'Fascinating Facts', 1963 - 1964 and BBC regional TV's 'Town And Around' in 1969. He also appeared in a 'Dr Who' story as a news reader in 1966, and in the mid-1960s anchored Southern Television's nightly magazine 'Day By Day'. In December 1957 he became the first BBC TV news reader to be named, when his name was superimposed on to the screen. He also famously lost a tooth whilst reading the BBC Two news in July 1979.

Later, he presented Channel 4's 'Treasure Hunt', from 1982, and then retired to live on the Isle of Wight where he opened an art gallery, specialising in the work of local painters. He devoted much of his time to his favourite charities, music and cooking, as well as racing and the theatre.
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With a rich, fruity voice Martin was an announcer at Southern TV in 1973 and a BBC TV announcer for 16 years from 1973 until 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 news reader 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/news reader/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). Michael was a BBC Radio 4 announcer from 1973 to 1974. During 1975, he worked as a news reader/announcer at the BBC World Service. He later moved to BBC Bristol as a radio/TV announcer followed by spells in London, Southampton, Manchester and Plymouth. From 1980 until 1984, he was a BBC TV network announcer.

Michael died tragically young in a car accident on April 18 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 donít think she ever really recovered from the loss. I never knew anything about Mikeís 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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BBC TV announcer (mainly BBC Two) from 1990 - c. 1997 and c. 2001 - present; BBC World Service TV announcer in 1992. Manju has also provided voice-overs for trails featured on BBC News 24.

She presented the early (3am to 5am) weekend show on BBC Radio 2. Recently, Manju has developed her career as an indian cookery writer and broadcaster, tipped to become the next Madhur Jaffrey. Find out more about this side of the former announcer by visiting the Britspice website (link below).

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Attachment as BBC TV announcer, 1988 to 1989. Later worked as a producer in the presentation department.
Former offshore pirate radio broadcaster who moved into television announcing, and, since then, has appeared on many ITV regional stations, including long stints at ABC TV, the North and Midlands weekend contractor until 1968. Keith also announced for ATV, Yorkshire Television, Anglia TV, Television South and LWT in the 1970s/1980s. Announcer for Southern TV, 1959 - 1961; ATV and ABC Television. BBC TV announcer, 1965 to 1972; BBC Radio External Services announcer 1975 onwards. Keith went on to specialise in voice coaching - his clients include former Prime Minister John Major.
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BBC TV voice-only announcer, 1962 to 1963.
Alex was a Network BBC announcer, c. 1995/96.
BBC TV announcer for 29 years from 1966 to c. 1995. Moved to BBC Radio World Service as an announcer.
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.

BBC TV in-vision announcer, 1955 to 1960. Later worked for BBC children's TV: presenter 'For Deaf Children', 1956; 'Studio E', 1957 to 1958; 'Focus', 1958 to 1960; 'Picture Book', 1963 to 1965; and narrator, 'Andy Pandy', 1970. She became a teacher, spending 15 years at Roedean School and then in Broadstairs, Kent.
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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. He was a trainee announcer, BBC Radio 4, 1980 - 1981. He had an attachment as a BBC TV announcer from April 1983; he performed the same role on contract from February 1984 until 1987 and also between 1988 and 1995.

He was a presenter on 'Noticeboard', 1986 - 1987. He also voiced BBC TV presentation trails in 1990. Later, he was presentation director/assistant editor and relief in-vision news reader on BBC South. He was an announcer for Channel 4 in 1995.

David currently works as an announcer on BBC Radio 4 (freelance since 1991)..

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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Martin was a holiday relief announcer, BBC General Overseas Service, in 1956. He joined the BBC TV in-vision announcing team in 1957, finally leaving in 1964. He was a Southern TV announcer, news reader and reporter from 1958 to 1960 and was also a presenter on BBC 'South Today' from 1961 to 1964.

He was a presenter of BBC TV's 'Come Dancing' (1961 to 1973) and a BBC Radio announcer and news reader for the Home Service and Radio 4 (1964 to 1973). He was a presenter on the BBC Light Programme in 1965 and a presenter on BBC Radio 4's 'Today' in the mid-1960s. He also voiced BBC TV trailers in 1976.
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Duncan joined the BBC Network announcing team in April 2004, providing continuity announcements on BBC One, BBC Two and later, UKTV. He has a commercial radio background, having worked for Lincs FM (Lincolnshire), Invicta FM (Kent) and Trax FM (Yorkshire), where he presented the breakfast show.
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Tim was a BBC TV announcer for 24 years from 1965 to 1970 and 1972 to 1990. He was a relief news reader on 'News Review For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing' and 'Weekend News', April to 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, news reader 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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Peter has been announcing on BBC One and BBC Two since 1991. He was also a regular voice on UK Gold from c. 2000 - 2004.
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 news reader, 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 from the late-1990s until c. 2000.
BBC TV announcer for 19 years from 1964 to April 1983. Presenter, BBC Light Programme in 1965. Regional presenter, BBC TV's 'Come Dancing' in 1969. BBC Radio 4 announcer in 1983 and although retired in the mid-1990s he can still be heard occasionally. Clive is the father of BBC TV presenter Gaby Roslin.
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BBC TV voice-only announcer, 1966 - 1968. Moved to BBC Manchester from 1968 to 1970 and then returned to London as assistant presentation editor from 1970 to 1974. Later he was head of BBC Video, 1978 to 1984 and chief executive of Coventry Cable TV from 1984.
Reg was a BBC TV announcer from 1989. He was the first announcer to consistently use a BBC Two ident (minus voice-over) after the clock at closedown.

Reg left the announcing team c. 1997 and went on a BBC drama directing course, ending up directing TV promos 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 promo 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's now a freelance TV director/producer.
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BBC TV announcer since 1992. Michaela recently took a brief break from her TV role to launch BBC 7.
Phillip and his family had migrated to New Zealand when he was 17. It was there that his TV career began - he presented a children's music programme - Shazam! After a few years, Phillip returned to the UK and joined the BBC.

He brought in-vision continuity back to BBC TV from 9 September 1985 when he became the new face linking children's programmes on weekday afternoons. He fronted the junctions from the BBC One continuity suite and would also introduce the first programme after the children's segment over the BBC One symbol of the time. From 1986 until 1991, Phillip also presented the kids' TV feedback programme, 'Take Two'.

In summer 1987, Phillip gave up his job as link man to take on a presenting role on the new BBC One Saturday morning kids' show, 'Going Live!'. His co-host on the show was Sarah Greene. He remained with the programme until 1992. From 1988 until 1992, Phillip also presented a number of shows for BBC Radio 1, including some of the Summer Roadshows.

In the 1990s, he took on a number of projects for ITV - holiday shows, documentaries and quizzes. He's probably best remembered for 'Talking Telephone Numbers'.

In 1992, he moved into theatre, taking the lead role in Joseph And The Technicolor Dreamcoat. Again in 1998, another lead part followed in Doctor Dolittle.

2001 brought Phillip back to the BBC, where he presented the National Lottery quiz, 'Winning Lines'. He remained as presenter until the programme's final run in Autumn 2004. In 2002, he became the new regular co-host of ITV's 'This Morning', with Fern Briton.

Phillip's latest TV project was as host of ITV reality show, 'Dancing On Ice', in February 2006, where celebrities were partnered with professional skaters to perform dance routines on ice before a panel of judges.
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Ex-actress, born in 1927, 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."
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After a degree in radio, film and TV, Hannah was a BBC Radio presenter for several years before moving to television to report for TV Travel Shop, Living TV and BBC Choice. More recently she has presented 'The Flying Winemakers' for UKTV Food, and is a regular reporter for BBC One's 'Heaven And Earth Show'.

Hannah is also a busy voice-over artist: she worked as a continuity announcer on BBC One and BBC Two Network from the mid-1990s until c. 2001. She has been an announcer on BBC Four from 2002 - present.

Hannah also currently works for holiday TV channel, Thompson TV.

BBC TV in-vision announcer, 1956 and BBC Midlands announcer in the late-1950s.
Clem started off as a BBC announcer from 1966 to 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, from 1974 to 1975.
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Actor from 1958 to 1966 and then news reader at TWW (Bristol) and Tyne Tees TV in Newcastle. BBC TV announcer, 1969; also an announcer for Southern Television and Anglia Television. BBC Radio 4/External Services/World Service announcer since 1970.
Winifred was a BBC TV announcer from 1946 until October 1947. She died on April 04 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 from September 1962 until 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 in 1981; 'Val Meets The VIPs',1973; 'All Star Record Breakers', 1974/1975.

She moved to adult TV as presenter on 'Nationwide' in 1977 and 1978. She presented 'Consumer Desk' from 1973 until 1975; 'Tonight', 1978 - 1979; 'The Money Programme', 1980 - 1988. She was a BBC Radio 4 presenter, 'PM', 1981 - 1992.

Valerie is now 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 (who 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, working mainly on BBC Two.

BBC TV announcer, 1988.
Zeb was an announcer on BBC One and BBC Two from September 1998. He signed off for the last time as a BBC TV announcer at 12.30pm on BBC Two on Thursday February 06 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.

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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 voice-overs 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 news reader 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.
BBC TV announcer since 1989. Also voiced BBC TV presentation trails, 1990 - TBC.
Guy was invited to join Television Wales and West (TWW) in 1959 as the first news reader/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.

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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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 voice-over 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 voice-over 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 announcer from 1965 until 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 voice-overs, 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 news reader 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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Currently working on BBC One and BBC Two.
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Lynsey is a voice-over artist and continuity announcer. She has been announcing on BBC One and BBC Two (freelance) since April 2004. Since October 2008, she has also provided continuity links for UKTV's Watch.

Lynsey began her career co-presenting the 'Breakfast Show' for Heart 106.2. She then became a national reporter, presenting travel news on Kiss 100, Virgin Radio, TalkSport and Heart 106.2. She also worked as a continuity announcer with Sky for a time.