Brian Perkins (born 11 September 1943) in Wanganui, New Zealand) is a former senior newsreader on BBC Radio 4.
All of Perkins' relatives are New Zealanders, although they refer to England as home. His mother, who played on the local radio station 2XA, gave him a taste "of the fantasy of radio".
He first started working in 1962 in Christchurch on radio stations of the New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZBS), and its successor, the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC). He worked on 3YA, 3YC and sometimes on 3ZB, and in those days all the work was continuity functions. When he came to Wellington at the end of 1962 he started reading the news both on television and on radio. The NZBC put him in at the deep end and introduced him to many forms of radio including compiling programmes, commentary and other functions.
In 1965 he moved to London, and was given a role announcing and newsreading for the BBC.
A keen musician, he began by learning the cello and changed to a double bass. While in London he attended the Guildhall School of Music. In 1969 he went back to New Zealand to play the double bass with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Nine years later he returned to Britain to work exclusively for BBC Radio 4, although he also appeared on Noel Edmonds's Sunday morning show on BBC Radio 1 in the early 1980s, and again in a one-off revival of that show in 1992. He was retired from the BBC in 2003 on reaching the age of 60...
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