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Iain Purdon

Iain Purdon
Occupation Newsreader
Continuity Announcer
Notable credit(s) BBC World Service

Iain Purdon is a newsreader on the BBC World Service.[1]


Iain Purdon began newsreading with BBC Scotland in May 1973. From 1975-1978, he was also a regular TV announcer on BBC One Scotland. In 1982, he moved to BBC Radio 2 where he became editor of the presentation team until 1994. After a spell of freelancing with BBC Radio 4 and BFBS UK, he moved in April 1995 to the BBC World Service [1] delivering news bulletins on the hour and summaries on the half hour. These broadcasts are heard around the world. Iain Purdon read the last news bulletin from Bush House at 11.00 GMT on 12 July 2012. He retired from the BBC staff in October 2013 but still works as an occasional relief newsreader on the World Service.

He also plays bass guitar in a vintage rock'n'roll band and another group specialising in the repertoire of The Shadows.