Ian and Sandy Bell
After reading Modern History at Balliol College in Oxford, Ian trained as a journalist on the Lancashire Evening Post in Preston before moving to Radio Manchester, the beginning of twenty years at the BBC which took in time as a Producer, News Editor and Programme Organiser in Local Radio. He transferred into Network Radio, operating out of Pebble Mill in Birmingham and later in Bristol. As Chief Producer he led the History,Travel and Features Department.
Among literally hundreds of programmes he devised and produced for ten years the famous history series, What if …? in which experts discussed how things might easily have turned out differently. For example what if the Russians had launched their nuclear weapons during the Cuban Missile Crisis and what if Enoch Powell had not been sacked by Edward Heath and so become leader of the Conservative Party and later Prime Minister.
Battling with the Past, That's History, Hindsight, Bus Stop and Case History were just a few of the series he made for BBC Radio 4, meanwhile on Radio 2 he also told the history of a hundred years of recordings from EMI in Groovin’ with Alan “Fluff” Freeman and discovered everything you ever needed to know but never dared ask about tea in Cuppa with Kathy Staff of Nora Batty fame from Last of the Summer Wine.
Sandy’s career has been varied, from sales and marketing, graphic design and a keen artist, to communications and public relations. Ten years with BBC Network Radio as both Researcher and Broadcast Assistant, one time Archivist for “The Archers” and the Producer of a number of programmes for BBC Radio 1, 3 and 4.
For almost ten years Sandy and Ian and Tintinna Limited are proud to say that have been contracted to manage and deal with all representation and communications for the Bath Chamber of Commerce and also its strategic arm, The Initiative in B&NES on behalf of Business West.