Former head of BBC Audio and Music Jenny Abramsky has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to broadcasting, in the New Year's Honours List of 2009.
Abramsky, who spent 40 years with the BBC before stepping down to join the Heritage Lottery Fund as chairwoman, is joined by BBC Radio 4 cricket commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins in the 2009 New Year's Honours List who received an MBE. Richard James Emery, Dr Anita Kumari Bhalla, Ms Lakhbir Kaur and Ms Boni Patricia Sones are also honoured for their services to broadcasting.
Abramsky became Director of BBC Radio in January 1999 and was subsequently promoted to the BBC's Executive Board with over all responsibility for BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, and Five Live; as well as the BBC digital radio stations 1Xtra, 6 Music, BBC 7, Five Live Sports Extra and the Asian Network. In 2006 she became Director of Audio and Music.
She was awarded a CBE in 2001 for her services to broadcasting, a Special Sony Radio Academy Award in 2008 (pictured above), and was a guest of the annual radio industry event The Radio Festival in 2007.
Tim Davie was [link=http://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.3538]appointed[/link] as her replacement in June 2007.