Stuart Hibberd

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Andrew Stuart Hibberd MBE (5 September 1893 – 1 November 1983) was a British radio personality. He was educated at Weymouth College and Plymouth College, boys' independent schools in the south west of England. An Army officer during World War I, he joined the BBC in 1924, and was the chief announcer on BBC Radio until his retirement in 1951.

Hibberd had a unique, immediately recognisable, voice. It could be described like someone whispering aloud. His voice was ideal for grave and solemn occasions and he is best remembered for his announcement of King George V's impending death on 20 January 1936 with the words: "The King's life is moving peacefully towards its close".

From 1949 he presented The Silver Lining, a Thursday afternoon programme aimed at disabled and housebound people. Hibberd retired as chief announcer in 1951, but continued to present The Silver Lining until it ended its run in 1964.

He was the subject of This Is Your Life in May 1957 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, London.

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