During my career as a broadcast journalist, I presented thousands of interviews, news reports, and other television and radio programmes. Some of these I also produced. I had my own radio phone-in series, which ran for two years. Much of my work was before the digital age and only a few examples have survived. I have started to collect these and will be posting more in the future.
I am currently collating examples of my radio interviews. Some of these were part of a simple news report. Others, such as my interview with Kenneth Williams, were complete programmes.
I interviewed Kenneth Williams in 1977 as part of a two-part series for BBC Radio London. Usually a very private person, Kenneth spoke frankly about his personal life, religious beliefs and his time in the army.
Here are a couple of teasers:
Kenneth Williams interview: First two minutes
Kenneth Williams: The consummate performer
You can see the full interview here:
Owen Spencer-Thomas speaking to Kenneth Williams in an interview for BBC Radio London (1977)
Most of my television news reporting was transmitted on Anglia Television. Occasionally, ITN (Independent Television News) and the other Independent Television companies also used my work.
Anglia Archive: The Queen in Ely in 1987
This news report has been been taken from the ITV Anglia’s website, where you can see the full article.
Maundy Thursday celebrations at Ely Cathedral in 1987
Anglia Archive: The football club that’s been trying to move for 60 years
This news report is also available on ITV Anglia’s website where you can view the full article about Luton Town Football Club.
Archive report from the About Anglia programme in 1988, by Owen Spencer Thomas.