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Dr Terry Riley receives OBE

27 June 2014

The BDA sends its warm congratulations to its Chair, Dr Terry Riley on being awarded an OBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace today, for services to Deaf Broadcasting and Campaigning.

In an iconic career spanning 30 years in Deaf television, Terry has worked as a researcher, director, producer, series editor and chief executive. In that time, he has helped shape the way Deaf television is produced, viewed and accessed today, informing, entertaining and inspiring generations of viewers.

By virtue of his creative and strategic vision, he helped deliver programmes in BSL and showed the power of television as a medium to communicate to Deaf audiences and introduce them to a world that was previously inaccessible.

Terry was also instrumental in harnessing and promoting the development of Deaf talent, from production companies, to film-makers and crew, ensuring that stories were being told from a Deaf perspective and were, in turn, accepted and embraced by the media – keeping Deaf stories alive.

It is fitting that Terry has been recognised with this OBE.

Read Terry's personal and moving farewell letter to the world of Deaf television in this month's issue of British Deaf News.