Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Pop Over Europe

It’s Eurovision. This year yet again the UK rolls out one of pop’s golden oldies, as the raspy-voiced power balladeer Bonnie Tyler attempts to impress voters with Believe In Me.

For many years the voice and face of Euro-pop on the BBC was Catherine Boyle – later billed as Katie Boyle of Camay ad fame and the TV Times agony aunt column Dear Katie. During the 60s and early 70s she hosted the Light Programme/Radio 2 show Pop Over Europe and was compère on four occasions at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eurovision 1968

Here’s Katie in 1990, broadcasting just before Zagreb contest, recalling some of the past winners in 35 Years of Eurovision. This show went out on Radio 2 on 5 May 1990.   

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