Gavin was a senior news editor for BBC News. He also made brief on-screen appearances reading the news. In March 1957, Donald Baverstock, editor of the current affairs TV programme Tonight, introduced a short news summary within the programme, transmitted from Egton House (where BBC Radio 1 was housed for many years) and read by a senior duty news editor. Gray read the first news summary on 22nd March 1957. It turned out to be a short-lived experiment and Gray read the final (in-programme) news summary on 21st August 1957.
On 13th June 1965, Gavin stepped in to read the 6.10pm news (BBC One), due to a clerical error on the newsreaders’ rota. The broadcast should’ve been anchored by Richard Baker. Gray’s sartorial choice was widely reported in the national press the following day, as he wore a sports jacket and a pullover instead of the usual attire for a BBC One news bulletin (a suit). A photo appeared in the Daily Mail.
In March 1986, Paul R. Jackson asked Gavin about his unscheduled appearance: “The picture was taken after the broadcast. Photographers from the papers arrived at Alexandra Palace within half an hour or so.”
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PICTURED: Gavin Gray (1965). SUPPLIED BY: Paul R. Jackson. COPYRIGHT: Unknown.