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Anna joined BBC radio in 1960 and started in Children’s Television in 1964 where she worked as a researcher, then Director, Producer and Executive Producer, latterly specialising in Children’s Drama. She started ‘Grange Hill’, the controversial school series. From 1981-86 she worked at the ITV company TVS where she was Deputy Director of Programmes. In 1986 she returned to the BBC as Head of Children’s programmes, responsible for all children’s output. She revived the Sunday teatime classic dramas and one of her last decisions before retiring was to commission ‘Teletubbies’. She has won many awards including a BAFTA lifetime achievement award. She was the first chair of the BAFTA Children’s Committee; was the Chair of the Save Kids’ TV campaign and the Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference, and now Chairs the Board and Advisory Committee of the Children’s Media Conference. Anna is also a Founder Patron and Chair of the Board for the newly-formed Children’s Media Foundation