About me

anthonyAnthony Denselow is a freelance radio producer and journalist.

He has worked as a Senior Producer for BBC Radio – in the Arts and Documentary departments – for over 30 years before returning to a freelance career.

He was a Gold Prize winner at the 2014 New York Radio Awards for a BBC Radio 3 documentary on post genocide Rwanda. He has been a Sony Prize Winner for a double documentary from Las Vegas for Night Waves on BBC Radio 3, and for A History of the World in a Hundred Objects for BBC Radio 4. He has also been the winner of a BP Arts Journalism Award for BBC Radio London.

Anthony has produced hundreds of editions of the Radio 4 live Arts strand, Kaleidoscope, and helped launch the Radio 4 Arts programme, Front Row. This included live broadcasts from the Dublin and Edinburgh Festivals, the Prix Italia and from Arts venues around the land.

He has produced hundreds of editions of the BBC Radio 3 flagship Arts & Ideas show, Night Waves (now Free Thinking), including a series of live broadcasts from Tate Modern and the British Library. He helped launch the Free Thinking Festival for Radio 3 with live broadcasts from Liverpool and Newcastle.

For BBC Radio Arts he has not only covered stories and features about the contemporary Arts scene – including cinema, theatre, the visual arts, opera, architecture and popular music – but also produced hundreds of discussions and debates covering politics, philosophy, culture and ideas.

For Radio 4 Anthony produced Cities for a Small Planet in 1995 -the Reith Lectures with Richard Rogers –- the first architect to deliver the BBC’s most prestigious lecture series.

He was also the lead producer on the highly successful Radio 4 series presented by the Director of the British Museum – Neil MacGregor – A History of the World in a Hundred Objects.

For BBC Radio 3 Anthony has produced a string of documentaries from around the world for the station’s prime Sunday Evening Documentary slot. He has produced 45-minute features from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Israel and Palestine, Lebanon, Siberia, Bangladesh, China, India, America and from around Europe (see programme history for details).

For BBC Radio 3 he has produced special evenings of programmes on the network – combining location features, live studio discussions, live music and commissioned writings – from China (China Night), India (Monsoon Night) and from the Middle East (Arabian Nights) – with presenters Zeinab Badawi, Isabel Hilton and Meera Syal.

Since leaving the BBC to go freelance Anthony has continued to produce a variety of radio programmes. These include … two documentaries from India with Jatinder Verma – one on the country’s troubled relationship with Kashmir, the other on the continuing importance of the ascetic in Indian cultural life; features from New York – on the future crisis of sea level rise for the city, and about the increase in the number of people preparing for disaster in the region, and taking the law into their own hands. Other programme highlights include a feature, with presenter Zoe Norridge, about how Rwanda is coping with the memory of its genocide twenty years after the event, and a programme about the nature of mind with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Radio 4.

Before joining the BBC as a full time producer, Anthony free-lanced as an Arts presenter for BBC Radio London (Big City) and worked as a freelance writer for a variety of magazines and newspapers including The Observer, the Mail on Sunday, The Face, The Sunday Times Magazine and the Radio Times.