RadioMoments - Conversations / 88: Andy Parfitt - BBC executive
The boy from near Bristol who went from working in theatre to becoming the longest-serving Controller of Radio 1, this is the life of Andy Parfitt.
In this hour of ‘RadioMoments – Conversations’, Andy tells of his first radio memories, his love of music, and how he landed a BBC studio manager role.
He shares stories from his early days at Broadcasting House, working with those whose backgrounds he detected as different from his own; and how he moved on to produce some legendary programmes alongside some of the broadcasting greats.
Andy gives insight into the birth of the old BBC Radio 5 and how his role positioned him for the move to Radio 1. As Controller, in due course, he was to seize the reins of a network as it emerged from huge change and help steer it back over the 10m listeners mark. He tells of how his BBC role grew; how he got on with Chris Moyles; and how he felt walking out of the BBC for the last time. Andy reflects too on what his lengthy spell at the BBC taught him about life and leadership; and how he puts those learnings into practice now, in the latest chapter of his life.