Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Claire Prosser

There'll be real shock and sadness around many BBC newsrooms and production teams this morning, as people come to terms with the death of Claire Prosser, who didn't make it through heart surgery.

It's too soon for a full, proper tribute to a woman who was a real life force, friend and mentor to many, but here are some basics. She started in journalism with the Surrey Herald group, then joined the radio newsroom at Broadcasting House in 1986, and was quickly promoted to Assistant Editor. She then ran CEEFAX, and joined Radio 5Live in the second year wave of 1995. There she worked on Drive, Nicky Campbell and Breakfast.

But perhaps her widest impact and greatest legacy comes from her work reviving the BBC's direct entry journalist training scheme, with a mission to improve Auntie's diversity. Seven years' worth of trainees will remember and thank Claire for her guidance, support - and fun.

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