Gillian Reynolds

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Gillian Reynolds MBE, née Morton[1] (born 1935 in Liverpool) is a British radio critic, journalist and broadcaster. The daughter of market traders in Liverpool, she was educated at St Anne's College, Oxford University.[2]

Radio critic of The Daily Telegraph since 1975, she previously held the same post at The Guardian for seven years from 1967. In between these two jobs she was the first Programme Controller of Radio City in Liverpool in 1974.[3] More recently, Reynolds was involved in the group organising the events in Liverpool while the city was European City of Culture in 2008.[4]

Reynolds is a Fellow of The Radio Academy,[5] a trustee of the National Museum in Liverpool,[6] a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and an Honorary Fellow of her old Oxford college, St Anne's. Until January 2009, she chaired the Charles Parker Archive Trust at Birmingham Central Library. She is also a member of the Advisory Board[7] of the National Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire.

Reynolds celebrated her 40 years with the Telegraph by reporting in December 2015: "Radio is more popular with BBC audiences than TV, delivering 43 per cent of the BBC’s total audience" [the BBC being the UK's state broadcaster, then in its ninth decade]. She argued that "radio is perceived as a medium of the future not a dusty relic", crediting digital technology, interactivity by audiences and the huge breadth of creativity radio offers. She wrote: "There are ways of telling a story on radio... that audio does better than any other medium, more intimately and with more immediate impact."[8]

Gillian Reynolds was awarded the MBE in 1999.


  1. ^ St Anne's College Oxford distinguished alumnae list
  2. ^ Ciar Byrne "The Indestructible Journos", The Independent, 12 June 2006. Retrieved on 19 October 2008.
  3. ^ James Barrington "City Talk", Transdiffusion website. Retrieved on 19 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Gillian Reynolds - the Doyenne of British Radio", details of an event ("Coventry Conversations") at Coventry University, 12 October 2006.
  5. ^ The Radio Academy "Fellows"
  6. ^ Gillian Reynolds - the Doyenne of British Radio "Gillian Reynolds MBE is reappointed as a Trustee of the National Museums Liverpool (NML)", Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1 July 2006. (.pdf file)
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