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On TV: BBC local radio at 40

Radio people will be making a date in front of the television tonight as Nation on Film: Local Radio at 40 is broadcast on BBC Four. Kate Adie and Desmond Lynam, who got their first break at the launch of the new local radio stations, recall the chaos and excitement of those early days.

The programme, part of the Nation on Film series is narrated by Michael Buerk and will be shown at 10pm. It will feature the launch of Radio Leicester, which was the first to open – going on air on November 9, 1967.

It all started with Frank Gillard who made his name as a war reporter. By the 1960s, he was head of BBC Radio and ready to help launch stations in Leicester, Nottingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Leeds, Brighton, Merseyside, and Durham.

Click [link=http://www.bbc.co.uk/nationonfilm/topics/local-radio/background.shtml]here[/link] for more info.

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