Lord Windlesham


A biography of Rediffusion’s deputy general manager

On 4 November 1965, Rediffusion Television shuffled its board of directors. The next edition of house magazine ‘Fusion’ gave these biographical details of the new members.

lord-windleshamLord Windlesham, deputy general manager, was born in London in 1932 and educated at Ampleforth and Trinity College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford University Law Society in 1933 and became chairman of the Bow Group in 1959-60 and again in 1962-63, having been Conservative candidate for Tottenham in the 1959 general election. From 1958-62 he was the youngest councillor on the Westminster City Council and was a member of its Housing and Public Libraries Committees.

He joined Associated-Rediffusion in 1957, and in 1959 was appointed assistant head of features at the age of 27. By 1961 he was head of features and two years later became an executive producer. He has been responsible for many features programmes including the parliamentary series ‘Questions In The House’ and ‘The Common Market and You’.

Lord Windlesham worked with Independent Television News on several occasions in 1962 and 1963 being responsible for London Government election results, the Budget Day news coverage 1962 and 1963 and the planning of Independent Television’s coverage of the general election results in October 1964.

In 1963 he produced ‘One Man’s Hunger’, film on problems of malnutrition in India. Made as a contribution to the Freedom from Hunger Campaign ‘One Man’s Hunger’ was screened at a special session of the United Nations World Food Congress in Washington DC and later shown on television in many countries throughout the world. He was also executive producer of cChildren of Revolution’.

Lord Windlesham spent the summer of 1963 in the United States studying the mass media of communication under the Foreign Leader Program of the Department of State. He visited television stations and newspapers in seven states and lectured at Stanford University. A follow-up of this was an invitation to take part in the first Stanford Television Seminar at Asilomar two years later, one of the only two sent to overseas television executives.

In November, 1963, Lord Windlesham became chief programme executive of Rediffusion Television.

In 1965 he married Prudence Glynn, fashion editor of a mass circulation women’s magazine. They live in London.

About the author

'Fusion' was the quarterly staff magazine for Associated-Rediffusion and Rediffusion Television employees.

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