Peter Walker

Peter Walker

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Peter Walker was born on 17th February 1936 in Bristol. United Kingdom.

Late father, Oliver Walker (died 1965) grew up in Cardiff, South Wales.

Emigrated to South Africa with wife and son Peter in 1938.

At time of his death Oliver Walker was Literary and Music Editor of the

Johannesburg “Star”, the newspaper with the largest circulation figure in the

African continent.

Along with H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw, Oliver Walker’s father James had

been a founder member of the Fabian Society the radical “think tank” of the

early 20th century.

Peter Walker’s immediate family included his mother (Elfreda) an accomplished

pianist and county representative at both tennis and golf ,(died 2000), and

younger brother Timothy, now one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. He

is based in London and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.

Peter Walker spent 2 years in the Merchant Navy before joining Glamorgan County

Cricket Club as a professional cricketer in 1954 based in Cardiff.

Between 1954-63 he commuted between the UK and South Africa. During his time in

the latter he coached cricket and contributed to a variety of periodicals as

well as taking his first steps in radio presentation with the South African

Broadcasting Corporation.

In 1963 Peter Walker moved back to live full time in the UK to further develop

his broadcasting, writing and business skills.

Former county level squash and table tennis player, 6 handicap golfer.
Director of the Vale of Glamorgan Golf & Country Club, Hensol, nr. Cardiff. A 36

hole complex which will host the next Solheim Cup in UK.

Clarinettist. Specific interest in classical music and post war modern jazz.

Trustee of Cricketers’ Association Charity.Historian of Anglo-Zulu Wars 1879

On going research into life and times of Tom Spring, British bare knuckle boxing

champion in 1824.

1963-86 Contract freelance television & radio presenter/producer/director with
BBC 1, BBC2 and BBC Wales. Areas of work include sport, news and
current affairs. Duties included script writing, commissioning material,
audio tape editing and all matters to do with performing and presentation.

Compere of BBC Wales television Arts programme series, “Vibes”.

Producer and presenter of BBC Wales’s daily morning current affairs magazine

radio programme “Good Morning Wales”.

Relief studio director of regional tv news programme “Wales Today”.

Experienced location film and video producer/director/presenter.

Reporter and presenter on BBC1 for the following programmes; “Grandstand”,

“Sportsnight”, “Nationwide”. Also provided live and recorded packages for BBC

World Service in London.

Regular commissions to write, produce, direct and perform promotional and

corporate programmes for “Sealink Ferries”, “Coral Bookmakers”, “The Welsh

Development Agency”, “Wales Tourist Board” and many others.

1971 Consultant to, and Station Manager designate, to a group who bid

for a
Commercial Radio frequency for the Newport, Gwent area.

1972-90 BC 2’s main presenter and commentator for their “Sunday League”
cricket coverage, a UK network series with weekly summer audiences
of over 2 million viewers.

1978-84 Emeritus lecturer in “Practical Broadcasting” at University College,
Cardiff. First course in UK for graduate students preparing them for
careers in print journalism and broadcasting. Several leading names in
current broadcast television and radio were Peter Walker’s pupils.

1985-95 Co-founder and Managing Director of Merlin Television Ltd. This
became the largest and most successful independent production
company in Wales servicing the broadcast sector, (BBC, HTV & S4C)
and wide ranging corporate clients throughout the UK and abroad.

Experienced media trainer in television and radio.

1995 Sold company and became Consultant to it for 3 years.

Editor of inclusive tour operator brochure “Sunlane Travel”.

1963- to date Contributor to various periodicals and national newspapers on a

variety of news, current affairs and feature topics including periods of being

the Welsh rugby correspondent and weekly columnist for:

“Sunday Telegraph”, “ Mail on Sunday”, “Western Mail” “The

Author of 3 published books: “Winning Cricket”, “The Allrounder”
“Cricket Conversations”.
1996-99 3 year contract as Director of Cricket for the then newly formed Cricket

Board of Wales. Responsible for all aspects of junior development throughout

Wales between the ages of 11-17 and promotion of junior cricket within 170 adult

clubs in the Principality.

1999-2002 Chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Management

Company responsible for raising the profile and funding of the PCA.

NB: At end of playing career with Glamorgan CCC, (1972), a two year stint as

Chairman of Professional Cricketers’ Association. In 2002 elected a Vice

President in recognition of services to the Association.

2000 to date: One of 8, England and Wales Cricket Board appointed Pitch
Inspectors. 5


1954-72 Professional cricketer with Glamorgan County Cricket Club. All rounder,

right hand bat, left arm bowler and specialist fielder.

Recognised as one of the 5 greatest close to the wicket catchers in the history

of the game.

Career record: 17,000 first class runs, 770 wickets and 740 catches.

Member of Glamorgan team who won the County championship in 1969, in the process

becoming the first side since Lancashire in 1933 to go through a season


Member of Glamorgan team who defeated Australia in successive tours in 1964 &


1957-63 Represent Transvaal and Western Province in Currie Cup competition
in South Africa.

1960 Won 3 caps for England versus South Africa in UK.

1961 Achieved the best “treble” in the 140 year history of

first class
professional cricket; 1,500 runs, 103 wickets & 73 catches.

1972 Retired from active playing.