Brian Johnston

1912 - 1994




Brian Johnston joined the BBC in 1946, becoming the first of a new breed of 'entertainer-commentators'. He established himself, as a jolly reporter with a schoolboy sense of humour, presenting offbeat, live outside broadcasts for the topical magazine programme In Town Tonight.

As a cricket presenter, 'Johnners' gave the audience what it wanted; information, irreverence, humour. He was one of the boys, forever larking about with his mates in the commentary box.

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An Audience With Jonners – Recalling first BBC broadcast – BBC

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Let’s Go Somewhere – Busking – c1942 – BBC

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Let’s Go Somewhere – Inside a pillar box – c1942 – BBC

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University Boat Race commentary – BBC

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Does The Team Think with Arthur Askey c1960 – BBC

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Final appearance on Down Your Way 1987 – BBC Radio 4

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‘Leg Over’ incident 1991 – BBC

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