Surrey's most influential media people: Movers and Shakers 2013
PUBLISHED: 13:09 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:09 02 July 2013
In recent months, team Surrey Life has been busy speaking to our contributors and industry experts from around the county to get a feel for just who makes Surrey tick
As the breakfast show host on Guildford-based radio station 96.4 Eagle Radio, Peter Gordon is one of the best-known voices in Surrey. With the show now in its 18th year, he can also lay claim to one of the longest running breakfast shows in commercial radio history. Also programme director, the Guildford resident has been a key figure in the station’s history. Most recently, the 46-year-old oversaw the team that created the UK’s first ‘education station’ featuring schools and community broadcasting as well as radio drama. He is also a patron of the Children with Special Needs Foundation and Disability Challengers.
One of Britain’s best-known newsreaders, Nicholas Owen is a regular fixture in the BBC newsroom. Originally starting out on the Surrey Mirror newspaper, he worked for the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times, before joining the BBC in the north of England. He later went on to work for ITN for over 20 years, during which time he anchored all of their major bulletins. He was also ITN royal correspondent and played a leading role in reporting the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, for which ITN won a Royal Television Society Award. Back at the BBC since 2006, the Reigate resident also presents a weekend radio show on Classic FM and recently released his autobiography, Days Like This.
Sir Ray Tindle
He may have begun his career as a ‘general dogsbody’ on the Croydon Times, but Sir Ray Tindle now heads up one of the UK’s leading publishers. Starting out with just one weekly newspaper in Tooting, South London, with a circulation of just 700, the Farnham-based Tindle Newspapers now has more than 220 titles, with an audited weekly circulation of more than 1.4 million and a turnover above £50m. Bucking the decline in newspapers with his hyper-local philosophy, Sir Ray was doing well enough to award bonuses totalling £250,000 to all his staff last Christmas. The 86-year-old was knighted in 1994 for his services to the newspaper industry.
Keep on moving
Of course, any such list is subjective and many more could have featured within these pages. Get in touch with your Movers & Shakers, the people who influence how we all live in Surrey, on facebook.com/SurreyLife and twitter.com/SurreyLife and maybe you’ll see them included next time round!