Gerald Beadle

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Gerald Beadle
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Sir Gerald Clayton Beadle (1899–1976) was a BBC Radio announcer and administrator, and later Director of BBC Television.


Beadle was born on 17 April 1899.[1]

He joined the BBC in 1923, as a radio announcer,[1] left in 1924 and rejoined in 1926 as station director in Belfast.[1] He moved to the television team in 1936.[2] He was instrumental in establishing the BBC's Television Centre, in London.[2]

He was knighted in December 1960.[2]

He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 30 October 1961.[3]

His portrait, a 1961 photograph by Walter Bird, is in the National Portrait Gallery.[4]

He died on 6 November 1976.[1]


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


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