Kate Adie’s Autobiography – The Kindness of Strangers

I’ve just finished reading Kate Adie’s autobiography – entitled the Kindness of Strangers.

It was given me by my neighbor a couple of months ago (and, being a slow reader, its taken me a couple of months to read it).

As well as learning a lot about working in BBC Local Radio and then BBC News, Aide writes about joining BBC Radio at a time when women reading the news was one of the main controversial topics in radio; training sessions at BBC Broadcasting House; being the only person to transmit a picture of a tree as a vital part of an election programme; the fact that inquests after the Nine O’Clock News were always held under the influence, reporting from Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Iraq, Libya and China.

And although a lot of this took place well before I was born, I still found it an interesting read. Its rather entertaining and gives a fascinating insight into the world of television and radio journalism.

You can get the book from Amazon – I won’t say any more here. You’ll have to read it yourself!

Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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