Tim was educated at Summer Fields, Eton and went to the University of Geneva. After National Service, he trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and in the early 1950s he joined the BBC as a radio announcer. From 1955 until 1957, he headed Radio Hong Kong’s English programmes before returning to the UK to join BBC TV, where he was an in-vision announcer and newsreader. In 1959, he moved to the “other side”, to become one of ITN’s first newscasters, where he remained until 1962. His debonair good looks and deep, velvet voice made him very popular.
Tim’s career as a broadcaster in radio and television covered an enormous repertoire. He presented Roundabout on the BBC Light Programme, produced special documentary features for ITN and Pathé Pictorial and sports fans might remember him from ITV’s Let’s Go. He presented for ITV Sport in 1960. He interviewed the Shah of Iran before his downfall. During a report on Turkish Baths, he unintentionally became the first nude newscaster on television – an event still remembered by many. He also made cameo appearances, usually in a newscaster role, in various TV programmes and films including: The Avengers (1962); The Power Game (1965); Budgie (1972); Dixon of Dock Green (1974); Carry on Emmannuelle (1978). Among the television commercials he fronted were the Stork Margarine Challenge and the Daily Sketch. In 1977, he presented a spoof science programme for Anglia Television called Alternative 3, in which millions were duped into thinking that scientists were being taken to colonise the moon because earth was doomed. It was intended to be broadcast on April Fool’s Day but due to industrial action its transmission was delayed until 20th June.Read More