On July 28 1933, just before the Six O’Clock news on BBC radio, a small but significant piece of broadcasting history was made. Sheila Borrett prefaced the update with the customary reminder “This is London”. Borrett, then 27, had become the first woman announcer on British radio.
So great was the interest in her appointment that when news leaked of "Mrs Giles Borrett", wife of a naval officer and actress in BBC radio dramas, joining the Corporation’s roster of anonymous male announcers her home was immediately besieged by reporters. When she arrived at Broadcasting House the waiting press pack forced her to enter via a back door. Borrett blazed a trail ahead, yet remains almost completely unknown...
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