Cruise Ship Speakers

Broadcasting
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Rob Bayly
Balloon Pilot and former BBC TV Producer
Radio Presenter
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Rob has flown balloons in the Arctic, deserts and mountains. Among his record-breaking flights he has flown the Atlantic by balloon. In parallel Rob was a member of BBC staff for 33 years, starting as a TV producer on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and finishing his career on the ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Rob draws on extensive first hand knowledge of ballooning and broadcasting, both very visual and entertaining subjects. He is also happy to volunteer for other cruise roles such as tour guiding and on board radio/TV broadcasting.

Johnny Beerling
Music Broadcaster
Former Controller, Radio 1, Fellow Radio Academy
Coming from: Rudgwick,  West Sussex  UK
The name of Johnny Beerling is synonymous with the history of British radio over the past 50 years and he has 18 talks reflecting this. He started Radio 1, produced many acclaimed programmes and in 1985 he was appointed Controller of Radio 1 with full responsibility for the whole network. He received the Ferguson Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio. In 1993 he was appointed President of the Television and Radio Industry Club of Great Britain. He has a SONY Award for Outstanding Services to the Radio Industry and in 2005 was made a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

Stephen Cole
Presenter / Al Jazeera / BBC World
CELEBRITY
Coming from: London,    UK
Stephen Cole is the senior anchorman and correspondent for the Royal Television Society Award winners Al Jazeera English based in the Middle East and London. He is considered as one of the best known faces of international news television. He is the longest-serving British male Presenter of 24-Hour news. Stephen presents a series of talks on cruise ships about his 40 years in the News and the history of Arab TV.

Clive Coleman
Comedy Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Palmers Green,  London  UK
Clive is the BBC’s Legal Correspondent, a role he arrived at via a career as a barrister, Principal Lecturer in Law, and then one of the country’s leading comedy writers. In 1992, he won the prestigious BBC Radio Light Entertainment Contract Writers Award. In 1998 he won the BBC’s inaugural ‘Frank Muir Award’, for outstanding comedy writing. Clive has delivered keynote speeches on a broad range of domestic and international legal stories and issues. His his combination of analytical, broadcasting and writing skills enables him to deliver talks that are sharp, intelligent and witty.

Edwina Currie
World Affairs & Extraordinary Lives
Writer, Broadcaster, Politician, Celebrity Speaker
Coming from: Whaley Bridge,  Derbyshire  UK
Edwina was born in Liverpool, UK in 1946 and went to the Liverpool Institute, the same school as Beatles George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. She won a scholarship to Oxford University to read Chemistry, and then switched to Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Edwina has had three successful careers - so far! She stood for Parliament in 1983 and represented South Derbyshire for 14 years. She became one of the nation's best known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher's government 1986-88. Edwina is also a successful author & broadcaster and has been a Celebrity speaker with many cruise lines since 1994.

Peter Dorling
History of the BBC
Former member of the BBC’s official Speakers’ Panel
Coming from: Wendover,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Peter was on the staff of the BBC for 40 years and began in the BBC’s overseas services with audiences of 100 million people when he read the news. He then transferred to BBC TV News where he spent 30 years as producer, reporter, interviewer, news presenter, and film-director. On retirement he was in demand as a television training consultant for other television stations around the world. Peter uses his film-making experience to give on-board practical ‘tutorials’ for passengers keen to make professional-looking personal videos of their holiday.

Martin Hannant
Broadcasting, Theatre & Drama
Radio & Comedy Stars of the 40's & 50's
Coming from: Chipping Norton,  Oxfordshire  UK
Martin lives in Chipping Norton and spent 33 years of his life working as a Primary School teacher. He has been involved in Amateur Dramatics and Operatics since he was 13 years old and has also appeared in 16 major productions with Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society taking principal parts. Martin is a committed cruiser and presents a series of talks on the Radio and Comedy Stars of the 40's and 50's and the history of pantomine and early children's TV.

Alastair Hignell CBE
Sports Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker & Writer
ex. England Rugby player, County Cricketer & BBC Commentator
Coming from: Brighton,  East Sussex  UK
Alastair was the greatest all-round sporting talent of his generation. In 1974 he made his first-debut at rugby for Bristol and at cricket for Gloucestershire. While still a teenager he won the first of four rugby Blues for Cambridge, the first of four cricket Blues and the first of 14 rugby caps for England. In 1977 he played in all of England’s matches in the Five Nations’ Championship, was a reserve for the Lions tour of New Zealand, scored over 1,000 runs in a first-class cricket season and captained Cambridge at rugby & cricket. Alastair presents an interesting series of talks on Sport & Sport commentating.

Peter Hobday
Broadcaster & Author
CELEBRITY
Coming from: London,    UK
Peter Hobday is one of Britain's best known broadcasters. He wrote and presented "Masterworks" every morning on Radio Three until January 2000, and for 14 years he was a presenter of the early morning BBC Radio news show "Today", required listening for politicians, business leaders and opinion-formers in Britain. He is an author and is also in demand as a public speaker and conference chairman.

Stephen King
International Media Consultant & Radio Specialist
Popular Music Historian
Coming from: Newark,  Lincolnshire  UK
Steve has spent over 34 years working in the UK Radio Industry. As a Managing Director, Programme Director and DJ, Steve has worked on some of the best known UK radio brands. He is a specialist in programming, music, new media, business management, events and coaching. Steve has a lifelong interest in popular music, which began at an early age. Steve is an experienced and engaging public speaker, and has recently produced a series of highly entertaining talks based on his experiences in the radio business and his extensive knowledge of popular music.

Paul Lavers
TV Presenter & Actor
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Paul Lavers is probably best known as one of the original presenters on QVC – the shopping channel, where with his humour and singing he charmed people into buying. However he trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic school and worked extensively on the UK's theatre repertory circuit. He's also well known to fans of "Doctor Who" as Paul featured in four episodes with Tom Baker, 'The Androids of Tara'. Paul is skilled behind the camera as well and set up Ideal World TV and other channels, including The Entrepreneur Channel.

Steve Levinson
Broadcast Journalist & Economist
Coming from: Pinner,  Middlesex  UK
Steve has been one of Britain’s leading economics and business broadcast journalists for many years. He is highly respected both within and outside his profession for his hard hitting and original journalism, which has won him a number of awards. His insights into the media and the world of politics and economics, have also made him a sought after consultant and advisor to many national and international organisations. In the course of his career he has interviewed many leading political and financial figures. He speaks informatively about media and economics.

David Mercer
Sports Commentator & Journalist
The World of Tennis
Coming from: Wendover,  Buckinghamshire  UK
David is a sports broadcaster specialising in tennis, badminton and rowing. From 1973 to 1984 David umpired at Wimbledon, taking charge of the Men’s Doubles Final in 1983 and the Men’s Singles Final, between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, in 1984. He umpired at numerous other tournaments and Davis Cup ties. David became a full-time broadcaster in 1984 when he joined BBC Radio Sport in London, and 2 years later he joined BBC Television. In his lectures David covers the world of tennis, past, present and future and reveals the hazards of being a sports broadcaster.

John Penycate
History & Current Affairs
Historian, author & former Correspondent for Panorama
Coming from: London,    UK
John was for seventeen years an on-screen Correspondent for Panorama, The Money Programme and Newsnight, and worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots. He has given widely-praised lectures on his historical specialisms: Constantinople; the fall of the Romanovs; World War II issues; and the Vietnam War (as co-author of The Tunnels of Cu Chi) - plus current topics like demography and the media.

Ernest Rea
Religious Affairs
Coming from: Alderley Edge,  Cheshire  UK
Ernest Rea was born in Northern Ireland and gained degrees in History, Politics and Theology. In 1976 he embarked on a career in Religious Broadcasting working for BBC Northern Ireland and BBC1 Television eventually becoming responsible for all the BBC's religious output across radio and tv. He has expertise in all religions, in the history of the ancient world, in the modern history of Britain and Europe, and in contemporary political issues that affect religion and ethics, .

Charles Runcie
History of Sport & Broadcasting, BBC, Radio, TV
34 years working in sports broadcasting at the BBC
Coming from: Southfields,  London  UK
Joining the BBC sports department in Scotland in 1982, Charles spent the next 34 years at the BBC in a number of senior roles. He moved to Broadcasting House in London in 1987, working in radio sport organising major events like the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup. Charles was one of the launch editors of Radio 5 Live in 1994, before switching to the new BBC online sports service in 1999. He finally spent 14 years as Head of the BBC regional sports services, heading up sports coverage on 15 TV regions and 38 local radio stations plus commissioning football and rugby league programming on TV.

David Shute
Broadcaster & Drama Coach
BBC Correspondent & Producer
Coming from: Calpe,  (Alicante)  Spain
David was the first person to broadcast 'live' to the UK radio audience going through the Sound Barrier. He's a former BBC Network Reporter and Senior Producer. An established Cruise Ship Lecturer he has performed for all the major cruise lines and has occupied guest seats on BBC's Radio Two talk shows. As a former Senior Producer from BBC "Pebble Mill", David will entertain his listeners with stories of behind the scenes at the BBC. David also cruises as a Drama Coach directing plays on board.