✎ Sylvia Peters 1925-2016
28 Jul 2016 3 comments. tbs.pm/9152
The BBC’s chief female announcer in the 1940s and 1950s, Sylvia Peters, has died at the age of 90.
Sylvia had the most English voice that can be imagined, but was actually Anglo-Italian. Born Sylvia Lucia Petronzio, her mother was British and her father Italian. Her polished, even tones were heard on the BBC Television Service from 1947 to 1958, when she moved to Associated-Rediffusion to present their advertising magazine Jim’s Inn. In 1953 she had been the chief announcer linking material for the coronation of Elizabeth II, at that time the most complicated outside broadcast ever undertaken.