Douglas Muggeridge

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Douglas Muggeridge (1928 – 26 February 1985)[1] was the controller of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 from February 1969 until 1976.[2]


Muggeridge was educated at Shrewsbury School. He first worked as a reporter for the Liverpool Post, joining the BBC in 1956 as a radio producer.[3] He was appointed as controller of Radio 1 & 2 in February 1969. Following on from Robin Scott[4] the first Controller for the two networks, Muggeridge tried to up-date the BBC's thinking on pop music radio. Although not a great pop music fan himself, he was responsible for giving both networks their individual identities and for introducing a twice-daily news magazine programme to Radio 1. Entitled Newsbeat, the programme still features on the network today. In 1971, he appointed Rodney Collins - known as a supporter of pirate radio through his weekly music newspaper columns - as Publicity Officer for the two networks in an attempt to gain more coverage for Radio 1 in music papers such as the NME, Melody Maker, Disc and Record Mirror. In 1972, Muggeridge signed up leading BBC broadcasters such as Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young and Pete Murray to long-term contracts in the face of the challenge from the new local commercial radio stations.[5] He was later the Director of Programmes and Deputy Managing Director of Radio, before becoming Managing Director of External Broadcasting in 1981, overseeing the BBC World Service.[4] He was nephew of Malcolm Muggeridge.[2]

He died on 26 February 1985 in St Thomas' Hospital, London.[3]


  1. ^ BBC annual report and handbook 1986, 1985, ISBN 978-0-563-20448-0, p. 160-1
  2. ^ a b Martin, Chad Andrew (2003) Paradise now: youth politics and the British counterculture, 1958-1974, Stanford University Press, p. 134
  3. ^ a b "Douglas Muggeridge", Toledo Blade, 27 February 1985, p. 14, retrieved 2010-12-18
  4. ^ a b Briggs, Asa (1995) The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, vol. 5: Competition, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-215964-9, p. 704
  5. ^ "U.K. Radio Figures up, MOR Slant for Network", Billboard, 1 January 1972, p. 27, retrieved 2010-12-18
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Preceded by
Gerard Mansell
Director of External Broadcasting, BBC
Succeeded by
Austen Kark