Martin started off in broadcasting as a television announcer with BBC Northern Ireland in the 1960s. From there he moved to London and gradually moved up through the ranks of TV presentation, before moving into programme production.
Career in Detail
1968 – 1971: BBC One network continuity announcer, London.
1971 – 1975: BBC TV presentation promotions assistant producer – trailer production for BBC One and BBC Two programmes. BBC TV directors four-week production course.
1976 – 1979: BBC TV presentation promotions producer – as above, but including production of trailers for Radio Times, corporate and season campaigns. Programme producer for Points of View.
1979 – 1980: British America’s Cup Challenge (Lionheart) team member.
1981 – 1984: BBC TV presentation editor. Responsible to the controllers of BBC One and BBC Two for BBC TV output. BBC junior management course.
1984 – 1986: BBC TV senior presentation editor. Overall responsibility to the above for all aspects of BBC TV output, including channel identities and logos, with three teams of presentation editors, assistant editors and network directors. BBC senior management course at Ashridge College, Herts, England.
1986 – 1987: head of presentation, SuperChannel. Set up the presentation team, with overall responsibility for transmission, promotions and programme preparation and operation. Set up children’s weekday and weekend programme strands. As deputy director of programmes, responsible for creating the team to combine a variety of children’s programmes into single programme strands, Hippo (Monday – Friday) and Funbus (Saturday and Sunday). Cast Gaby Roslin as presenter – her first television show.
1987 – 1992: television production and promotion. Consultant for TVS presentation, working for director of programmes, Alan Boyd; promotions producer, Channel 4 (Olympics, breakfast show launch); BSB (Sports Channel launch); and BBC World Service TV presentation and promotions departments – set up programme editing (later called ‘versioning’). Executive producer (development) The Webbs – children’s animation stories.
1987 – 1992: head of presentation, UK Gold Broadcasting. Six-month contract with responsibility for setting up the presentation department to launch a new satellite television channel.
1993 – 1994: promotions scheduler, Meridian Broadcasting Ltd; assistant producer, BBC World Service presentation (freelance).
1994 – 2002: executive producer, BBC General Factual. Responsible for supplying versioned programmes for BBC World, BBC Prime, BBC News 24, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, UK Style and UK Horizons with a team of assistant producers, trained to operate office-based multi-m/c PC-controlled linear and non-linear edit suites. Series producer Talking Movies (weekly for BBC Two, BBC World, BBC News 24 and BBC America); Holiday in Style (UK Style); Holiday Snaps; Looking Good Tricks; Home Front Tricks; Afoot Again in the Past (multi-episode series for BBC Two); My Favourite Movie (BBC World). Executive producer, Saturday Kitchen (series 1, BBC Two, 40-programme series).
2002 – 2003: executive producer, ClarkTV/TTL Talking Movies and programme development.
2003 – 2004: head of production, MICG Ltd.
2004 – 2006: managing director, London International Television Ltd.
2006: launched The Business Channel on Sky Digital (channel 547).
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