Member of original Essex Radio line-up featured in BBC Great Lives.

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December 28, 2016 by dontbringlulubook

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Helen Rollason joined Essex Radio in September 1981 as sportsdesk secretary.

She went on to be the first woman to present the flagship BBC TV sports programme Grandstand.

The Radio Four programme Great Lives dedicated 30 minutes to exploring Helen’s career including her bold decision to condemn the organisers of the Olympics in Atlanta for its poor provision for the disabled in 1996.

Helen who received the MBE in 1999 died of cancer in that year, leaving  a daughter, Nikki Rollason.

Helen worked with ‘Lulu’ co-author Sarah Onions at Essex Radio from 1981 onwards which employed a full team of journalists, two of whom were dedicated to sport.

The full radio programme about Helen Rollason presented by Matthew Paris can be heard here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b085ttcd

Picture is property of S.Onions.

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