Richard Straker's Professional Biography


Richard's professional broadcasting career spans thirty two years with BBC Radio
and BBC Television beginning in 1963 as a radio Studio Manager. He specialised
on news and current affairs beginning with an extended period on the Today programme
before becoming producer for BBC radioís flagship news programmes The World At One
and PM. A period in Radio Presentation followed, after which he moved to BBC Television
in 1971 as an Announcer in BBC TV Presentation. His appointment as Senior Television
Announcer in 1985 added the responsibilities of training broadcasters requiring the skills
of script research and the art of script writing for unambiguous delivery, the development
of editorial judgment and style and the all important on-air aspects of style, pace, stress
and inflection. At the same time he was asked to become the BBC Interview Techniques
Consultant for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, training Ambassadors, High Commissioners
and other Heads of Mission for all world postings including such Senior Missions as at the
United Nations New York. Richard directed the studio sessions in the BBC`s studios at Lime Grove,
Television Theatre and Television Centre. Following the success of these courses he was asked
by the UK Permanent Representative, NATO to visit Brussels and train NATO and WEU Ambassadors.
Since 1995 when Richard left the BBC he has carried out this FCO training programme as a freelance
Consultant. Richardís client list now includes National and International Industry leaders, RTE (Ireland),
Radio and TV Presenters and Journalists, Lawyers, Authors, Independent School Head Teachers
and Bursars and celebrity members of the entertainment business.

His core skill areas are interviewee and interviewer techniques, scripting and speech delivery and
public appearance confidence building.