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401: Elizabeth Cowell

First Female Television Announcer

Born: 1912, Most Likely the United Kingdom

Died: 1998, Most Likely the United Kingdom

Elizabeth was also a radio broadcaster.

Her television appearance in August 1936 predated when television services actually began broadcasting in the United Kingdom in November that same year.

Elizabeth appeared on a broadcast for the RadiOlympia Exhibition. She co-announced with Jasmine Bligh, making Jasmine the second female television announcer, and Leslie Mitchell, the first man.

She also worked as a producer for several BBC television programs.

After a seven-year hiatus, Elizabeth returned to the BBC in 1946; her career with them interrupted by the Second World War. Though she did not return as a full-time announcer, she did serve as a narrator for a BBC Documentary that year. *

Elizabeth was married at the time to a Scottish laird. *

Please note, the final two facts (highlighted with an asterisk) are provided courtesy of a poorly sourced Wikipedia article, so if you wish to use them in a factual setting please search for a second source to back them up!

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/anniversaries/august/elizabeth-cowell-first-female-tv-announcer

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1680809/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Cowell