Biddy Baxter

Biddy Baxter

Infobox Person
name = Joan Maureen "Biddy" Baxter

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birth_date = 1933
birth_place = Leicester, England
death_date =
death_place =
other_names =
known_for = "Blue Peter"
occupation = Television producer
nationality = British

Biddy Baxter MBE (born 1933)cite news| url=| title=The Blue Peter Effect| publisher=The Times Magazine|date=2008-08-30] is best known as the former editor of the long-running popular BBC One children’s magazine show "Blue Peter", a position she held from 1965 to 1988. She was also its producer from 1962 to 1965. As editor of the programme, Baxter devised much of the format that is still broadcast today.


She was born Joan Maureen Baxter in Leicester to a teacher father who became the director of a sportswear company and a mother who was a pianist. She was educated at Wyggeston Girls' Grammar School, Leicester and St Mary's College, Durham University.cite news| url= | title=St Mary's College Graduates|date=2008-10-11] Notably, Baxter devised and introduced the Blue Peter badge to encourage children to send in programme ideas, pictures, letters and stories and also she introduced the now famous annual appeals. She was awarded a gold badge herself when she stood down as editor from the programme. Having been disappointed as a child to receive the same reply twice to letters she wrote to Enid Blyton, she also introduced a card index system so that "Blue Peter" viewers could receive more personal responses.

In September 2008, Baxter expressed dissatisfaction with the way "Blue Peter" was being run and said that she believed that the BBC was trying to close the programme down. [cite news| url=| title=Former editor Biddy Baxter reveals plot to sink Blue Peter| author=Chris Green| publisher=The Independent| date=2008-09-05]

In the New Year Honours, 1981, Baxter was honoured with an MBE (Member of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire), in recognition of her work as editor of Blue Peter; she received her MBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace, on 10th February 1981.fact She is also a fellow of the Royal Television Society,fact and received an honorary D. Litt from the University of Newcastle in 1988.fact

Biddy Baxter was married to the BBC Schools music producer and musical educator John Hosier, who died in 2000. [cite news|url=| title=Obituary: John Hosier| publisher=The Independent| date=2000-03-30]




* The Mark Lawson Interview, repeatedly broadcast on BBC 4 throughout May 2007 as part of the 'Children's Television' season.

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