Maurice Gorham Becomes Director of Broadcasting


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Maurice Gorham was appointed Director of Broadcasting in January 1953. He recalls being less than impressed by set up in radio when he took up the position.

  • Title
    It's In The Air It's Floating All Around Us
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    John Bowman (Presenter)
    John Skehan (Producer)
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    Maurice Gorham Becomes Director of Broadcasting
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    Maurice Gorham was appointed Director of Broadcasting by Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Erskine Childers, and took up his position in January 1953. Gorham, born in London, educated in Oxford and with extensive experience in broadcasting with the BBC, was the first Director of Broadcasting from outside the civil service. In 1967, Gorham published '40 Years of Irish Broadcasting'.

    Here Gorham recalls the conditions at the General Post Office in 1953 as being very old fashioned with new studios that had been finished but the Board of Works were taking a long time to furnish. One lift at the GPO seemed to be  "full of boys carrying trays of buns all the time."

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    'It's In The Air It's Floating All Around Us' was one of a series of programmes commemorating fifty years of Irish radio. This programme presented by John Bowman looked at the controversy and difficulties surrounding the set up of 2RN in the years prior to 1926 and traces the technical development in radio. 

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows Maurice Gorham, Kevin McCourt and Todd Andrews at the launch of Gorham's book '40 Years of Irish Broadcasting' in 1967.

    The photgrapher was Roy Bedell.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 2036/059

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    Maurice Gorham, Posts & Telegraphs, GPO, John Bowman, 1950s, Radio, GPO, RTÉ, John Skehan, Broadcasting
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    The Media
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    Radio Éireann
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