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.
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.
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