BBC stalwart and TV pioneer Berkeley Smith died April 22 at 84 in Britain.
Bournemouth native’s St. Andrew’s U. education was interrupted by WWII, and he served in the Western Desert and Burma. He was later assigned to lecture about the 14th Army and the Burmese campaign, then became a press liaison officer during the Nuremberg trials. That training led him to broadcasting.
He joined the BBC in 1946 and became a pioneering TV producer and interviewer, particularly on remotes. In the historic Coronation coverage of 1953, he was one of the commentators. He was also active in the program “At Home,” broadcast live from various prominent indiduals’ abodes.
He was recruited by new ITV contractor Southern Television in 1958 to be in charge of outside broadcasts and later became Southern’s program controller. He retired when he reached 65.
Twice married and divorced, he is survived by three children, three grandchildren and a stepgrandson, Guardian columnist Matthew Norman.