Bruce Rodney Wingate Parker, MBE (born 20 July 1941) is a British journalist and television presenter whose career spanned the mid-1960s to 2003, when he retired. Strongly committed to regional broadcasting, he was responsible in the mid-1960s for a pilot local radio station in the Channel Islands, which eventually led to the setting up of a string of BBC Local Radio stations across the UK. In 1967 he joined BBC South in Southampton, where he remained for most of his career, making a name as the main presenter and reporter for South Today for 35 years, a record stint for any regional presenter in the UK. He was also a respected political interviewer and later BBC South's political editor, hosting South of Westminster and South on Sunday.
In the 1970s he became a familiar face to viewers in the rest of Britain, first as a network news reporter and later as the first host of Antiques Roadshow (which he helped set up with Robin Drake) and a regular contributor to and presenter of Nationwide. He also presented the BBC1 arts magazine Mainstream in 1979 and a number of Songs of Praise editions in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also the BBC commentator for the raising of the Mary Rose in October 1982, clips of which regularly appear on nostalgia and retrospective programmes. He also presented a number of programmes on Radio 4 including The Week's Antiques, which he devised, and the regional Today from the South and West.
He has won several Royal Television Society awards and is the author of Everybody's Soapbox (with Nigel Farrell), The History of Elizabeth College and A History of Guernsey Full-Bore Rifle Shooting.
Brought up in Guernsey, Bruce was educated at Elizabeth College followed by the University of Wales and a postgraduate degree at Reading University. He is currently Chairman of the Friends of Winchester Cathedral and a Cathedral Trustee. He also chairs two educational charities in Guernsey, the Elizabeth College Foundation and the Gibson Fleming Trust. He’s a former chairman of Harestock School governors in Winchester and was Chairman of Appleshaw Parish Council in Hampshire for six years until January 2016. He is a vice-Patron of both the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance and Smile Support and Care charities and an Ambassador for Leukaemia Busters in Southampton.
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