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Encyclopedia > Paul Smith (Television)

Paul Smith (Paul Christopher Richard Smith) Born 14th February 1959 Woking England Lives London Television Executive


Paul Smith (not to be confused with The Paul Smith who owns Celador productions) is a BBC Executive who has worked for the corporation for 27 years. In that time he has worked mainly on programming and services aimed at young people and children. He is also responsible for finding and/or developing many of the names presenting on mainstream TV in the UK, and is best known amongst his colleagues, as a champion of new talent and as an easy going innovator, who is not scared to try new ideas. Paul has worked extensively with, and developed talent like Zoë Ball, Jayne Middlemiss, Andi Peters, Phillip Schofield, Jamie Theakston, Richard McCourt/Dominic Wood (aka Dick and Dom), Kristian Digby, Josie d’Arby, Joe Mace, and Vernon Kay at early stages in their careers. He has also worked with established talent like Anne Robinson on Points of View and Terry Wogan on innovative BBC1 daytime show Wogan’s Web. Paul has held posts in all media including radio, and TV entertainment, where he developed formats to sustain the BBC new digital TV channels and the commercial UKTV channels. He also refreshed Top of the Pops 2 by recasting Steve Wright as presenter making the programme one of BBC2’s most watched programmes. Most recently, as Head of On-Air and New Media at CBBC, Paul launched and ran day to day, the BBC’s two children’s TV channels (CBeebies and CBBC) , and managed their equivalent websites. Paul can be said to have invented the genre of ‘wraparound’ children’s TV presentation in the UK, having developed the current format in the early 1980’s from the old Children’s BBC Broomcupboard format. This has been used by many other channels including cITV, Nick, and in a slightly older form as T4 on channel 4 which was started by one of Paul’s proteges, Andi Peters. Whilst at CBBC Paul started using live animation techniques developed in Denmark to make innovative programming like the Nelly Nut show and Paul also lead the development of the BAFTA winning Dick & Dom in da Bungalow, being executive producer for the first 150 episodes of the show. Aside from his ‘serious’ work, Paul was also the hand behind popular puppet Gordon the Gopher who starred alongside Phillip Schofield and Sarah Green on BBC Saturday morning show Going Live. Gordon has pride of place in Paul’s office at the BBC. Celador is an independent production company formed in 1983. ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Top of the Pops is a long-running British music chart television programme shown each week on BBC Two and now licensed for local versions around the world. ... CBeebies is a British television channel produced by the BBC and aimed at children under 6. ... This is an article about the Childrens BBC. For the ICAO code see Bella Bella (Campbell Island) Airport The CBBC 3-D blob ident CBBC (a contraction of the previously-used name Childrens BBC, used until 1997) is the brand for the BBCs childrens television output... Gordon the Gopher was a puppet gopher that appeared on Childrens BBC presenting programmes together with Philip Schofield between 1985 and 1987 in a slot called The Broom Cupboard. In 1987 Gordon and Philip moved to presenting Going Live with Sarah Greene. ... Going Live! was a Saturday morning magazine show broadcast on BBC1 between 1987 and 1993. ...


 
 

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