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Charles Parker day

University of Central England
30 March 2007 00:00

Bournemouth Media School, Centre for Broadcasting History Research
In conjunction with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, Charles Parker (1919-1980) produced the BBC series known as the Radio Ballads. Beginning with The Ballad of John Axon in 1958 the series offered insights into the lives of ordinary people presented in their own words and through their own voices merged with the sounds of folk, jazz and other traditional musical idioms. The series, and Parker’s work outside of radio, met with and influenced oral history, radical theatre and wider cultural debates in post-war Britain.
5 April 2004 saw the launch of the first annual ‘Charles Parker Day’ organized and hosted by The Bournemouth Media School (Bournemouth University) Centre for Broadcasting History Research. This highly successful event involved media practitioners, critics and researchers celebrating and discussing the work and influence of this pioneering BBC Radio producer. The Charles Parker Day is now an important event established in the national and international broadcasting conference calendar.
Hosted by the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Central England, this year’s event features a range of invited speakers. These include: Gillian Reynolds (Daily Telegraph); Bert Hogenkamp (Utrecht University); archivist Doc Rowe and Ben Harker (author of the authorized biography of Ewan MacColl, forthcoming in Pluto Press).

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Sean Street
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