Mr Piers Burton-Page
I was born in 1947. I began working at the BBC in 1971, my final year at the BBC was 2002.
School [various] 1955 -1965 University 1966 - 1970 University [France] 1968 - 1969 University [postgrad] 1970 - 1971
prep school teacher 1965 - 1966
How I joined the BBC
Applied for general traineeship 1970 - unsuccessful Applied as Programme operations Assistant 1971 - successful
My first impressions of the BBC
Enormous. Hierarchical. Welcoming. Exciting.
Broad BBC career
4 years as a studio manager, 2 years as an announcer, 26 years as a producer / editor / manager
My training at the BBC
intensive induction course as studio manager [3 months] various production courses various managerial courses
Non autobiographical notes and facts BBC about the BBC
Radio 3 where I mostly worked has changed enormously over the years. The core of Radio 3 is classical music. The funny thing is, that Bach and Handel and Haydn and Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert and Schumann and Brahms and their countless fellows have in that time not changed a bit. So what has? And why hasn't it made a difference?
BBC Cricket Club
Played for 3rd XI for a number of years under the inspiring generalship of Tim Upton. We were mostly banished to the plastic strip located in the far, far distance at Motspur Park. A spinner's graveyard. And this did not stop us losing regularly.