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A good man at the 1970s BBC

In a touching memoir, Wynn Wheldon pays tribute to his broadcaster father Huw — who aimed to make the good popular and the popular good at the BBC

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

Kicking the Bar: The Life and Legacy of Broadcaster Huw Wheldon Wynn Wheldon

Unbound, pp.309, £20, ISBN: 9781783522200

When I saw this book, a biography of Huw Wheldon, who was managing director of BBC Television between 1968 and 1975, I thought ‘Aha!’ Inevitably, my mind was filled with images -of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall, of the Led Zeppelin guitar riff at the start of Top of the Pops, of the men in charge who had no idea what was going on.

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