Andy joined the BBC as a studio manager in the early 1960s and was a continuity announcer on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 (October 1968 – April 1969) before he moved over to TV Centre and became a familiar voice on BBC One and BBC Two. He returned briefly to the radio in 1977, when he was given a tryout on both Europe 77 and European Pop Jury following the departure of regular host David Gell.
Andy holds the record as the longest-serving announcer, with 32 years’ service. He took early retirement from the BBC in spring 2001. Malcolm Eynon and Peter Brook also retired from the BBC that year. Andy was also a BBC World Service TV announcer in 1992.
In the early hours of Saturday 16th February 1991, Andy had the privilege of being the last announcer to use the ‘TWO’ channel symbol (introduced in March 1986). During his closedown routine that night, he deviated slightly from the norm and treated viewers to a final airing of the symbol: “And as we close for the night now on BBC Two, we also bid farewell to this particular channel identity. And away it goes forever [as it animated off screen before the matching clock was shown for the final time]. Time now coming up to seven minutes past one. And it’s time for me, Andy Cartledge, on behalf of all my colleagues on BBC Two to wish you, wherever you are, a very goodnight.”
Andy died, following a heart attack, aged 67, in December 2008.
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Andy Cartledge opens up BBC Two in April 1997.
Andy Cartledge opens up BBC Two on 2nd January 1980.
Andy Cartledge closes down BBC One in August 1993.
Andy Cartledge closes down BBC Two, with a final look at the 'TWO' channel symbol, before it was replaced a few hours later.
PICTURED: Andy Cartledge. SUPPLIED BY: Andy Walmsley. COPYRIGHT: Unknown.