Born London 1908. Talks about his father, a parish priest in the East End of London. Went to Cambridge to study theology, but didn’t take to it.
SIDES ONE and TWO
He talks about how he got involved with radio, then worked as a journalist, dealing with radio affairs, first with the Daily News, then with the Sunday Referee, which was now owned by the Ostrer brothers. From here he went to Fécamp to set up Radio-Normandie [later Radio Normandy], after which he went to Radio Paris and then to set up Radio Luxembourg. He talks in some detail about Luxembourg and on the outbreak of war he returned to the UK and tried to join the BBC, who wouldn’t have him. However, through the family friendship with Sir Seymour Hicks, he entered ‘through the back door’ via ENSA,[ Entertainment National Services Association] as its Broadcasting Officer. He talks about his various productions during the War Years.
He continues to talk about his war-time experiences, the finding of Petula Clark [on Variety Bandbox]. He was asked to go to television to take over the producing of Picture Page; he wasn’t keen, but was prevailed upon and went. He didn’t enjoy it and finally asked to radio production and for 16 years produced Have a Go, with Wilfred Pickles (no mean feat), and when that show was off the air he took over Down Your Way.
He continues to talk about Down Your Way and then some more war-time experiences. He then moved to Radio Enterprises, where he joined his old friend Rooney Pelletier. He produced the disc which won a Golden Disc [?] and he tells how the then Director-General received it.
NB There is a PDF file attached in the biographical section which is a lengthy note which Alan Lawson identifies as being compiled by Cecil Madden for an unrealised project, shortly before his death.