Tim Gudgin British Forces Network Hamburg Newsreader Credit Former BFN Employee Alexander McKee

One of British Forces Network Hamburg's Early Bird presenters and newsreaders Tim Gudgin has died peacefully at home with his family at the age of 87.

Tim began his broadcasting career in the 1950s with Forces Radio BFBS, or British Forces Network (BFN) as it was known then, as a newsreader in Hamburg and later a reader of short stories. He had an interest in the theatre and when the BFN Theatre group came together, he was one of their leading actors.

He was best known for his portrayal of Wing Commander Guy Gibson in Alexander McKee's 'Squadron X', based on the Victoria Cross recipient's book 'Enemy Coast Ahead'.

Tim Gudgin pictured above on the left in 2011 with James Alexander Gordon, another recognisable BBC voice who sadly died in 2014.

After completing his basic training at Catterick, Tim was posted to Hohne to join the 5th Royal Tank Regiment. At the time BFN Hamburg needed people for a variety of different roles so along with 200 other hopefuls, Tim auditioned for the role of presenter and was given the opportunity to learn the art of news reading under the watchful eye of Robin Boyle.

Sir Arthur Henderson, Secretary of State for Air visiting BFN Hamburg in 1947. Credit: Imperial War Museum
Sir Arthur Henderson, Secretary of State for Air visiting BFN Hamburg in 1947. Credit: Imperial War Museum

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Tim will be better known as the man behind the Football Results on BBC Grandstand. He enjoyed playing golf and Alan Grace, BFBS’ historian and archivist fondly remembered their time together on the course.

"He was a keen but not desperately good golfer but he usually managed to beat me when we played at North Hants."

Due to financial cuts in 1952, Tim was posted to Forces Broadcasting Service Trieste in Italy and then joined the BBC European Service in Bush House.

Our thoughts are with Tim's family at this very difficult time.

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Cover Image Credit: Alexander McKee

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