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Ron Onions- remembering a lost generation of inspirational editors in UK Broadcasting

In Obituary on June 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

Ron Onions OBE before the microphone during LBC’s heyday in Gough Square, behind London’s Fleet Street. Copyright estate of Ron Onions.

An impressive and significant generation of editors in UK broadcast journalism who originated and pioneered key developments in the media industry during the 1970s and 1980s has  been passing away- largely unnoticed.

But the death (May 27) and well-attended funeral of Ron Onions (Kingston-on-Thames June 12) recently indicates that their contribution to British culture is beginning to be recognised and those who benefited from their leadership and inspiration are rightly publishing their thanks and appreciation. Read the rest of this entry »


Remembering Dr. Fred Hunter pioneer of UK Independent Broadcasting, Broadcast Journalism Education, Sound Poetry and Cultural Historian

In Obituary on February 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Dr. Frederic Hunter receiving his doctorate in 1984

An innovator and pioneer of UK broadcasting and journalism education, and media historian passed away on the 5th of January 2012 in his 78th year.  Dr. Fred Hunter had completed the last proofs for his unique and ground-breaking book on the UK’s first university journalism course at the University of London between 1919 and 1939.  But as well as applying his painstaking and enlightening historian’s attention to the achievements of pioneers before him, Frederic Newlands Hunter, born in Gateshead in 1934, had been a significant and important innovator himself.

Fred, as he was known to his colleagues, was the first Director of the UK’s Independent Radio News, and one of the first assistant editors at the country’s first licensed independent radio station, LBC, in London in 1973. The country’s broadcasting industry and culture owes him a huge debt. Read the rest of this entry »