Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Wiser heads with longer memories have noted that Peter Horrocks' move to the Open University as Vice Chancellor re-unites him with BBC News alumnus Lucian Hudson, now Director of Communications for the learning empire. Lucian first worked for Auntie in 1984, and may have overlapped with Peter at Newsnight in the Lime Grove days.

Lucian later moved to the Nine O'Clock News when it was run by Mark Thompson and Mark Damazer. An unproved theory of their recruitment strategy was that they preferred the -ian suffix in first names - Lucian, Adrian, Julian, Damian, Crispian, Vivian, Justinian etc. Others thought it was based on talent.

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