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.”


Personal Information

Date of Birth: Unknown/Incomplete
Honours: Not Applicable

Online Presence

Active links are displayed in magenta. If you’re aware of an official social media page or personal website that is not listed here, please let us know.

Video Clips on the Internet

Here we present a selection of video clips featuring Gavin which we found on social media sites or have made available from our own archive. The clips are presented here for additional reference. Inclusion of a video does not constitute an endorsement of the hosting site/channel/user. If you find any broken links below or are aware of an additional clip(s) which you believe may be a useful addition to this profile, please get in touch with us via our Contact page.

No video clips have been added yet.



PICTURED: Gavin Gray (1965). SUPPLIED BY: Paul R. Jackson. COPYRIGHT: Unknown.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.