Stuart Hibberd 1893 - 1983

Volume 1
Where We Begin
Eye and Ear
Industry
From Town and City
Travellers Tales
What Celia Sees
Daniel Defoe 1660-1731
William Camden 1551-1623
The Mysteries Of London
The Life of a Coster Girl
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Further Notes From The Midlands
Lichfield Miscellanies
Seven Strong Spires
Before Us Stands Yesterday
Albion Band 1998 - 1999
London Calling
Stuart Hibberd 1893 - 1983
John Logie Baird 1888 - 1946
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Ghosts and Marvels
Casting the Runes
An Episode Of Cathedral History
The Tractate Middoth
More Ghosts and Marvels
Negotium Perambulans
Venus
Musicks
Dulce Et Decorum Est
War Requiem
Poems by Wilfred Owen
"They called it Passchendaele"
1914
Other Poets 1914 - 1918
C.S. Lewis: A Letter
C. S. Lewis 1898 - 1963
Joyce Grenfell 1919 - 1979
An Interview With Richard Thompson
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2006
Horkstow Grange
The Radio Ballads
Two Songs Of England
A Band For England
Waterloo Sunset
Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day
David Gilmour
On An Island
Live From An Island
Where We Start

"Goodnight everybody... goodnight"
-Stuart Hibberd at the end of a broadcast day

The Voice Of The BBC

Stuart Hibberd 1893  - 1983

Stuart Hibberd was born on 5th September 1893. An army  officer during World War I, he joined the BBC in 1924 as an assistant announcer at No 2 Savoy Hill next to the Savoy Hotel in London. In addition to announcing the various programmes he also read the news bulletins which in those days started with the words, “This is London calling, 2LO calling." He subsequently became the BBC’s Chief Announcer, a post he held for 25 years and his quietly confident voice became familiar and much respected.
Hibberd was the "Voice of the BBC" leading Britain through the General Strike of 1926, and informing the world that "The King's life is moving peacefully to its close"(King George V), in 1935. From 1949 he presented The Silver Lining, a Thursday afternoon programme aimed at disabled and housebound people. Hibberd retired as chief announcer in 1951, but continued to present The Silver Lining until the programme ended its run in 1964. He lived, with his family in Broadstone, in Dorset.
Stuart Hibberd MBE died on 1st November 1983.

TELEGRAM FROM ERIC GILLETT TO STUART HIBBERD ON THE OCCASION OF HIBBERD'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOINING THE BBC, dated 13 Nov 49: "MANY HAPPY RETURNS TO THE MICROPHONE = ERIC GILLETT

(Eric Gillett was a broadcaster of literary and drama criticism who also wrote and read the Children's Hour series "Going to the Pictures" )

Stuart Hibberd reading the news in 1932
Stuart Hibberd (left) reads the news in Studio 4B

listen to archival recordings of
Stuart Hibberd reading the news
of Hitler's death and other top stories
relating to the end of World War II
 

Stuart Hibbard report the
unfolding tragedy.

related internet links

alot of work has gone into this
project, a true treasure. to be
found on the University of Kent
website.
 

and Stuart Hibberd read it
 

Stuart Hibberd at the microphone

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