David Brockman 1954-2014 

8 June 2014 tbs.pm/1337

It is with great regret we have received reports of the death of David Brockman, a long-time contributor, supporter and friend to Transdiffusion. He will be missed.

David Brockman’s funeral will be on Wednesday 11 June at 12.45pm at the Cambridge Crematorium, and everybody who knew David, in real life or virtually, is welcome to attend. There will also be an informal get-together after the service at HCR104fm’s Saxongate Centre in Huntingdon.

There’ll be a book of remembrance open at the reception to write your memories of David. If you are unable to get to the Saxongate and would like to write something, email your memories to Bobby Jones at bobby.jones@hcrfm.co.uk and he will make sure that these are put into the “memory book”.

HCR104fm has an obituary of David Brockman on their website.[PDF]

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Pete Singleton 9 May 2014 at 11:14 am

You’ve only got to look at the amazing number of articles David Brockman submitted for Transdiffusion to appreciate how much knowledge on the early days of television David had.

David began working in broadcasting in 1972 at the BBC after leaving school, where he helped edit the TV pages of Radio Times, not only on a range of television programmes from That’s Life with Esther Rantzen, and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop with Noel Edmonds, but he also produced some live ‘Platform’ programmes for BBC Radio London. He spent many years in youth work, community work and education, assisting smaller and larger organisations with their public relations needs.

Over the years David has provided feature material for various ITV stations, Anglia, LWT, Thames, Border, Tyne-Tees, West Country and Yorkshire, alongside Channel 4, Five TV, UK Living, and BBC News 24. As well as BBC local radio, he broadcast on the first week of London Broadcasting, now LBC, and provided material for BBC Radio’s 1, 2 and 4.

I had only known David since I became involved in community radio in Huntingdonshire (Huntingdon Community Radio – HCR104fm) in 2012. David was Executive producer and a member of the Senior Management Team at that very successful community radio station.

He was particularly proud of the station’s “soap” (“Huntsford”) which was really his “baby.” He conceived the idea He was responsible for getting an article published in Radio Times and the national press about the soap which is thought to have been the only soap produced by a community radio station in the UK.

He also had a love of all things “Eurovision” and produced Eurovision specials for the station.

Since David’s illness just before Christmas 2013, I have had the great pleasure in covering his Tuesday show on HCR104fm which he presented – “Over To You”, a community access programme dedicated to publicising the activities of local groups and charities. I have always felt I was keeping the microphone warm for him ready for his return but sadly, it wasn’t to be.

His encouragement and support of young people especially in the voluntary sector was astounding and there are many who have been influenced by him.

His vast knowledge of media and the community will be greatly missed and we will be all the poorer for his passing.

Rest well David and thank you for all you stood for.

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