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Outside Broadcaster: An Autobiography

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In 1939 he sought no easy job; he served with the West African Regiment, reached the rank of Major, and after arduous campaigns - Abyssinia, and later in Burma - he became the historian of his regiment. He said: “I am honoured and delighted but this is evidence of how important the tourism and the hospitality sector is to the economy in counties such as Cumbria. Eric, who lives in Cumbria's Wasdale Valley, will chair his final instalments in Manchester next month, which is where he recorded his first episode back in 1994. Like most people Eric Robson is probably known to most only as the "Man who accompanied Alfred Wainwright in the fabulous Walking with Wainwright series on TV, or the "Man with a dog on a string" or probably best known to radio listeners as Chairman of Gardeners Question Time. Does he worry about the prospects of young working class children trying to make it in the media today?

Last year David Dimbleby retired from Question Time to be replaced by Fiona Bruce and in March it was announced his brother Jonathan was leaving Radio 4’s Any Questions after 32 years in the role.Eric is much more than that, a vastly experienced commentator and broadcaster, ranging from TV Documentaries to Royal occasions but more than that, a brilliant storyteller. Communications and PR – Mark Holroyd from Forestry England is currently head of recreation and communications for their north region. The ability to comment on our stories is a privilege, not a right, however, and that privilege may be withdrawn if it is abused or misused.

A broadcaster and television documentary maker, he got to know Alfred Wainwright uncommonly well while filming with him in the 1980s. I quite liked Eric Robson prior to reading "Outside Broadcaster" however I now think I'd be tempted to catch a later train if I ever see him waiting on the platform in Carlisle. But for more than 35 years he's been one of the instantly recognisable voices of British broadcasting. This includes a previous role with national parks across the UK, leading tourism development and working with VisitEngland / VisitBritain and other destination management organisations nationally. Robson takes pride in his northern roots and has never been tempted to move into the media bubble, save a two-week stint living in Ealing.At the end of Chapter One of "Outside Broadcaster" Eric Robson reveals that his wife Annette counselled him against the writing of his autobiography.

The former chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time has lived in the area for much of his life and is honorary president of the Cumbria Tourism organisation. But after 25 years of fronting BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time he has decided to hand over the reigns. in the old days he was just" Eric"; personally, Just as I was grateful to have had the opportunity of leading him to a love of history, so later I was glad to be able to ask him for advice and information. Thanks to a superbly experienced and skilled board of directors together with the most brilliant staff team we have come through this and supported Cumbria’s valuable visitor economy to the very best of our ability. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.This Friday, Robson’s last broadcast from the chair of GQT, as it is fondly abbreviated, will go out on Radio 4. Radio 4 newsreader Kathy Clugston, who will become the show's first female host, said she was "honoured and excited" to be stepping into the shoes of "the great Eric Robson. Shortly after I took over, one of the old worthies said to me, 'you do realise Eric that there will be many places you go to where you and the panel are the only people in the room with your own teeth and hair'. When asked to describe what he does he's been known to say that he's the electronic equivalent of a jobbing plumber. I was in Millom on Monday, to record a conversation with Eric Robson (of Gardeners’ Question Time fame) about Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson.

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