DBE for renowned broadcaster
PUBLISHED: 10:25 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010
ONE of the most influential radio gurus of her time Jenny Abramsky has been awarded a DBE for services to broadcasting as part of the Queen s New Year Honours. The Dartmouth Park resident was director of audio and music at the BBC until she stepped down i
ONE of the most influential radio gurus of her time Jenny Abramsky has been awarded a DBE for services to broadcasting as part of the Queen's New Year Honours.
The Dartmouth Park resident was director of audio and music at the BBC until she stepped down in September after 39 years with the corporation.
She now chairs the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund and said: "I'm thrilled because I believe this honour recognises the importance of radio in this country.
"Radio is an astonishing medium that people feel passionate about and I'm proud to have played a part in ensuring that it continues to thrive."
Ms Abramsky had a remarkable career at the BBC, editing the World at One, PM and the Today programme before becoming editor of all radio news and current affairs.
She set up a continuous news service - Gulf FM - during the first Gulf War which was the forerunner to Radio Five Live where she was launch controller.
Her distinguished path led her to become director of the BBC continuous news department where she launched News 24 and BBC News online.
Not only that but as director of radio she launched the five digital radio services and more recently has been responsible for all BBC musical output as well as commissioning the Electric Proms.
She now chairs the 15-strong board of trustees for the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose role is to steer the policy and direction of the organisation and decide on the larger grant applications for heritage projects.
She is also chairwoman of the Hampstead Theatre, a trustee of the Central School of Ballet and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.
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