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Will Gompertz

BBC

Arts Editor

Will is Arts Editor at the BBC. Prior to this, he was a Director of Tate. There he was responsible for Tate Online; set up a TV production unit – making arts programmes for Channel 4 and ITV – and finalised a movie deal with Aardman Animation. He also created Tate Etc, the UK’s highest-circulation art magazine.

He began his life in the arts just below the bottom rung of the ladder as an 18-year-old shop assistant in Our Price Records. This was followed by stints as a holiday camp entertainer (at the same place where Hi-De-Hi was filmed), as a stage-hand at Sadler’s Wells and as a runner for a TV company.