Esther’s career began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter and in 1973 became a producer/ presenter of That’s Life! which was on air for 21 years.
In 1991 Esther received an OBE for her services to broadcasting. In 2006 she was raised to the order of CBE for her services to children through her work in various charitable causes. She holds five Honorary Doctorates for her work with ChildLine (which she founded in 1986 and of which she is the President), received the Dimbleby BAFTA Award for her on-screen TV work, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television. She has also received the Snowdon Award for her services to disabled people and is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, and a member of their Hall of Fame.
Esther has recently launched The Silver Line, a helpline for older people, designed to combat loneliness. Esther contributes regularly to The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and other publications, and lectures on children’s issues, broadcasting and many other topics. Having written an autobiography, a novel A Secret Life, and a book to celebrate the 25 years of ChildLine, Running Out of Tears, she continues her work as a broadcaster and campaigner.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Esther talk about her life experiences. Join Esther afterwards in the bar for tea and cake.
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