Archive for August, 2011

Michael Bukht founder of Classic FM

August 8, 2011

Sad to hear of the death of Michael Bukht (aka  Michael Barry the Crafty Cook) who had several TV series and cookery books to his name. He created Classic FM and was the brains behind the launch of many local radio stations. I was a student for three months at the National Broadcasting School, which he developed and ran. It was a school for trainee radio journalists and ran like a radio station. When we picked up a short item on the press association wires that a few Argentinians had taken over a virtually uninhabited small island no-one had heard of called the Falklands he was first to push it top of the media agenda. Likeable, easygoing and hardworking and very clear about what was important. He made a big impression on me and a lot of other people too and will be missed.


Reel History of Britain with Melvyn Bragg BBC2

August 8, 2011

Look out for programmes in this forthcoming 20 part series in particular an interview with Bernard Kops on London’s East End . He reads from his poem Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East which is the first in his collection “This Room in the Sunlight”