Bernard Falk

Biography of Bernard Falk

Bernard Falk (16 February 1943 – 4 August 1990) was a United Kingdom television reporter and interviewer perhaps best known for his contributions to the BBC current affairs and magazine programme Nationwide in the 1970s and the BBC Radio 4 travel programme Breakaway in the 1980s.

He was born in Southport, Lancashire the son of a wine merchant and was educated at Liverpool College. He began his career in print journalism with the Birkenhead News and played Liverpool's Cavern Club in the evenings as a member of a beat group called 'Tony Snow and his Blizzards', later renamed 'The Bohemians'. He then worked on Fleet Street for the Daily Mirror, before his first job as a television reporter on Scottish TV's Scotland Today nightly news programme covering local issues. He quickly graduated to Scotland Today Report a weekly current affairs programme, filmed mostly within STV's region on the issues of the day. He enjoyed a short spell at BBC Scotland appearing on Reporting Scotland and then to a controversial series of late-night entertainment shows called Falk On.... with the last word of the title featured the subject to be discussed. It was often controversial. He later moved to London to join BBC current affairs, appearing in programmes including 24 hours.
In 1971 Falk was imprisoned for 4 days in Belfast's Crumlin Road jail for contempt of court. He had interviewed a member of the IRA but refused to reveal his source to the police.

He was also notable for hosting the early reality television survival show Now Get Out of That, the late night live chat show/discussion programme Sin on Saturday in the early 1980s and for reporting on British general election night programmes. He also worked on Start The Week on BBC Radio 4 and was the regular presenter of BBC Radio 4's Saturday morning travel programme, Breakaway. Falk had a history of heart problems and died of a heart attack aged 47.

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