René Cutforth

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René Cutforth (6 February 1909 in Derbyshire – 1984) was a British broadcaster and writer.

Reynolds Cutforth came from Woodville, Burton on Trent, and was educated at Denstone College which he entered in September 1922. His first job was with the Midland Bank.[1] Having seen service in the Army in Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Western Desert Campaign, and having been a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany,[2] he joined the BBC in 1946. He became well known as a broadcaster and travelled the world as a BBC correspondent. He reported on the Korean War. Reviewing one of his programmes, The Forties Revisited, the critic Clive James wrote in The Observer: "Cutforth is that rare thing, a front man with background. Fitzrovia and Soho weigh heavily on his eye lids. His voice sounds like tea-chests full of books being shifted about."[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Korean Reporter
  • Order to View
  • Later than we Thought - A Portrait of the Thirties


  1. ^ Greenwood, E. T., ed. (1932) The Denstone Register, p.315
  2. ^ Cutforth Later than we Thought, David & Charles, 1976 (dust jacket notes)
  3. ^ Clive James, review reprinted in his collection, The Crystal Bucket