Biddy Baxter to receive BAFTA’s Special Award at British Academy Children’s Awards

Television producer and writer Biddy Baxter is to receive the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards.

The Special Award recognises individual’s outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry, and will this year be presented to Baxter by her long-time friend Sir David Attenborough.

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Jake Humphrey and will take place on Sunday, November 24th at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Harvey Elliot, chairman of BAFTA’s Children Committee, said: "Biddy’s impact on children’s media and entertainment is undeniable.

"She is a veritable national institution and we are delighted to honour her contribution at the Children’s Awards ceremony on November 24th."

Baxter first joined the BBC in 1955 as a radio studio manager, later becoming the producer of Listen with Mother and School Radio’s Junior English.

She then went on to become editor of Blue Peter and inventor of the coveted Blue Peter badge from 1962 to 1988, during which time she received 12 BAFTA nominations.

In 2003 Baxter founded the John Hosier Music Trust with Sir Simon Rattle to provide scholarships for talented but impoverished musicians to study at postgraduate level.

Baxter said: "I have been incredibly lucky to have had such a long and rewarding broadcasting career, and to have worked with such talented and creative colleagues and so many outstanding presenters.

"Thank you BAFTA so very much or this unexpected and greatly prized award."

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