BBC Kids TV Veteran Biddy Baxter to Get BAFTA Honor
LONDON – Television producer and writer Biddy Baxter will be honored with a special award at this year's British Academy Children’s Awards, handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Baxter is scheduled to be presented with the top honor by her longtime friend and British onscreen legend David Attenborough, BAFTA said on Wednesday.
The special award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry.
The chairman of BAFTA’s children’s committee, Harvey Elliott, described Baxter's impact on children’s media and entertainment as "undeniable."Said Elliot: "She is a veritable national institution and we are delighted to honor her contribution.”
The nod will be presented during this year’s British Academy Children’s awards ceremony on Nov. 24 at the London Hilton.
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 programs and then of BBC Television Children’s programs.
She spent over 25 years as editor of BBC flagship kids show Blue Peter. During that time, the program won 22 awards, while Baxter herself received 12 BAFTA nominations, winning two.
Together with Edward Barnes and Rosemary Gill, Baxter devised the Blue Peter Badge and instigated the annual Blue Peter appeals, which have raised millions of pounds for charities.
Baxter described herself as "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."
The British Academy Children’s awards will be hosted by Jake Humphrey. The children's awards were introduced as a stand-alone ceremony in 1996.