Sheila Borrett story - First woman BBC announcer

Aug 20, 2012, 05:56 PM

When the BBC first deigned to put a woman on the radio as an announcer back in 1933, they anticipated green-ink complaints for sure. Maybe not, however, quite so many from women.

Sheila Borrett was the trailblazer’s name. Sadly, her tenure lasted but three months in the light of some 10,000 complaints. Imagine Radio 4's 'Feedback' programme during that period. Goodness. She did go on to enjoy success in drama.

BBC historian, Kate Murphy, recounted Sheila's story to a successor, Jane Garvey, on BBC Radio 4's Women’s Hour.

                                                                                                              The issue of women on radio rumbles on into the next Century.