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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Libbey Publishing (23 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861967100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861967100
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 16.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,219,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Whitney left the Quaker school Leighton Park at the age of 17 to start a business recording bands at local dance halls in his home county of Buckinghamshire. Having been turned down by the BBC, he formed a small company with an ex-BBC producer Monty Bailey-Watson and a school friend Joseph Sturge, creating and producing radio programmes for use by sponsors advertising on Radio Luxembourg. The company proved a success, attracting major advertisers. With commercial radio in the UK becoming a reality, John founded the Local Radio Association with John Gorst as Secretary. Following The Sound Broadcasting Act in 1972 John became Managing Director of the London radio station Capital Radio, with a Board led by Richard Attenborough. While at Capital, he started Sagitta Productions with John Hawkesworth, and the company produced television series including Upstairs Downstairs, Danger UXB and The Planemakers, as well as a number of single dramas. And then, in 1982, John became Director General of the Independent Broadcasting Authority. In 1989 John left the IBA and became Managing Director and then Chairman of Andrew Lloyd Webber s company, the Really Useful Group Ltd. Since that time he has held numerous posts within broadcasting and was Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at his retirement in 2007, and in 2008 was awarded the CBE for his services to broadcasting and charity.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Dec. 2013
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It is beautifully written and easy to read. He's a very interesting man who has courage and charisma, combined with humility in his writing.
This book is a 'must' read for anyone interested in radio,television, music or any form of the Arts.
Many recognizable names of influential people are involved in this wonderful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stiby on 24 Jan. 2014
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A fascinating insight into the turbulent and fast - changing world of broadcasting from the diary of a man who, as Director General of the IBA in the 1980's, was in the thick of it.
Written with great honesty and integrity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona C. E. Whitney on 13 Nov. 2013
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A riveting account of the most testing time in commercial radio and television. As his daughter I am proud to have been a witness of extraordinary events unfolding during that time.
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