The man who worked inside BBC Radio 1 from the beginning, and held the top position from 1985 to 1993 has written a book about his time at the station.
Radio 1 – The Inside Scene explains how Johnny Beerling observed the politics and the personalities of Britain's Favourite and is expected to be a hit with both the radio industry and fans of the station.
Johnny joined the BBC in 1957 as a technical operator, then studio manager, before becoming a producer for the Light Programme. 10 years later the close down of the pirate stations led the BBC to set up Radio 1.
He was at the forefront of this process, recruiting DJs and subsequently produced the first ever breakfast show with Tony Blackburn.
Johnny became executive producer, pioneering the first of the network's rock documentaries, a 14 hour documentary series on the History of the Beatles establishing a style of programming which continued for over 30 years.
In 1973 Johnny conceived and launched the Radio 1 Roadshow which ran for 27 years, growing from a small caravan operation on Newquay Beach to an 80 foot mobile stage show housed in a series of articulated trucks, supported by a giant outdoor TV display.
In 1985 Johnny became controller of the Radio 1 Network. Under his control Radio 1 was recognised as one of the leading music broadcasting stations in the world, with a weekly audience of over 25 million listeners.
In 1992 Johnny was the first non-broadcaster to receive the coveted Ferguson Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio from The Radio Academy and in 1993 was elected President of the Television and Radio Industry Club of Great Britain. More recently he was made a Fellow of The Radio Academy, the most prestigious award in Radio".
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