Gerald Beadle

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Sir Gerald Beadle
Gerald Clayton Beadle

17 April 1899
Died6 November 1976 (aged 77)
Occupationradio announcer, administrator
EmployerBBC Radio, BBC Television

Sir Gerald Clayton Beadle (17 April 1899 – 6 November 1976) was a British announcer and administrator for BBC Radio, and later Director of BBC Television.


Beadle was born in Belvedere, Kent, to Clayton Beadle (1868–1917), a chemist, and Helen Pears Beadle.[2][3][4]

He joined the BBC in 1923, as a radio announcer. He left in 1924 and rejoined in 1926 as station director in Belfast.[4] He moved to the television team in 1936.[5] He was instrumental in establishing the BBC's Television Centre, in London.[5]

He was knighted in December 1960.[5]

He appeared as a castaway on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 30 October 1961.[6]

His portrait, a 1961 photograph by Walter Bird, is in the National Portrait Gallery.[7]

He died on 6 November 1976.[4]


  • —— (1963). Television: a critical review. George Allen and Unwin.


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ Bexley, Kent, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1925
  3. ^ 1911 England Census
  4. ^ a b c Doctor, Jennifer Ruth (1999). The BBC and Ultra-Modern Music, 1922-1936: Shaping a Nation's Tastes. p. 391. ISBN 9780521661171.
  5. ^ a b c "Cactus Pryor Interviews Sir Gerald Beadle". Cactus Pryor Show. 23 November 1961. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Sir Gerald Beadle". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  7. ^ "National Portrait Gallery - Portrait - NPG x163970; Sir Gerald Clayton Beadle". Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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