He attended Gosforth Grammar School (since 1973 the Gosforth High School).
He joined the BBC in 1941 aged 16. From 1943-7 he was in the RAF. He returned to the BBC in 1947, becoming a producer in 1952.
BBC Radio 1 controller
He took over from Charles McLelland and was succeeded by Johnny Beerling. He relaxed the guidelines on banning records, allowing records to mention a commercial product. He axed Sounds of the Seventies. He admitted that while he was controller he confronted Jimmy Savile over allegations of inappropriate sexual activities, which Saville denied; Chinnery said "there was no reason to disbelieve" Savile. Chinnery took no further action, saying: "He was the sort of man that attracted rumours, after all, because he was single, he was always on the move, he was always going around the country."
He once described Radio 1 listeners as unemployed student louts with no money to spend.
His successor, Johnny Beerling, would also be ex-RAF.
He married Doreen Clarke in 1953 in Marylebone.
- "Jimmy Savile 'asked about rumours' by BBC boss". BBC News. 14 October 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
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