Daphne Hughes – biography

Daphne Hughes joined Granada in Liverpool in 1980 as a secretary on Granada Reports, based in Exchange Flags before becoming a crew co-ordinator. She subsequently worked on This Morning in both Liverpool and London as programme co-ordinator. She later returned to Manchester to work on Tonight with Trevor McDonald before retiring in 2007.

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Daphne Hughes describes how she joined Granada

I joined in August 1980. At the time, I had been working for BBC Radio Merseyside, where I had been very happy for five years. But Chris Kerr, who at the time, was involved with Merseyside Arts, used to come into Radio Merseyside and do short items and reviews on arts in the Merseyside area.…

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Daphne Hughes on her move to the Albert Dock

1986, it was the start of Granada in the Albert Dock. We all moved down to the Albert Dock, which, as you know, were the premises there. The Dock Traffic Office, and that whole Albert Dock development, was part of Heseltine’s initiative for Merseyside following the riots. Then, because of the whole structure of Granada…

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Daphne Hughes on her technical knowledge

You must have built up a great technical knowledge? Yes. Well, I mean I’m not a technical person as really, but I knew where people were. Again, just to go back to Tonight with Trevor, because we were in Manchester, but even when I went down and worked in London and the ITN office, I…

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Daphne Hughes on presenters she remembered

The people like Roger Blythe and Tony Wilson and Bob Greaves. I had always admired Tony and Bob for their ability to make… if there was a gap and the producer would say, “Could you talk for two minutes?” and these two could do it. They could do two minutes. I thought, “That’s amazing.” They…

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Daphne Hughes describes working on This Morning in London

I’m on This Morning (in Liverpool), then in about ‘96 they made this announcement that This Morning was going to move to London. They just made this announcement saying this had been decided, that This Morning would move to London. I was happy to go, although they targeted certain people they called “key staff”, one…

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Daphne Hughes on the technical challenges of This Morning

The thing I found difficult, they did use to have a bit at the beginning of the show which they called news reactive. So they would comment… not so much Hillsborough, because that was… they devoted a lot of time to that. But they were devoted… bit at the beginning, a news reactive story, and…

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