Who made Pathé News?

Are you related to anyone who once worked for Pathé News? If so, BBC4 want to hear from you and may be interested in interviewing you for their upcoming TV series The Story of Pathé.

Pathé was one of the biggest news companies of their day, employing hundreds of cameramen, writers, editors and production staff.

Pathé stopped producing newsreels in the 1970s, and so it is likely to be older generations who are still alive today who worked for them, so make sure to ask your Grandparents!

BBC4 are interested in hearing from anyone whose parents or grandparents worked on Pathé News, but in particular the families of the following six individuals:

Bob Danvers-Walker: One of British Pathé’s most recognisable narrators, who later on became one of ITV’s first announcers, providing the voice for iconic shows like The Wheel of Fortune. Bob had two children, Michael and Suzanne. Michael was an actor and Suzanne appeared in this newsreel about Ealing Art School (click here to view)

Terry Ashwood:  Terry was a long-serving cameraman and producer at Pathé, whose daughter Gaye Ashwood features in several newsreels including this fantastic Egypt Travelogue (click here to view)

G Clement Cave: A Pathé news editor

Howard Thomas: Another key team member who has two daughters Rosemary and Carol

G Thomas Cummins: (aka Tommy Cummins) If you have any information related to Pathé’s staff from yesteryear, or know anything that may be of interest to BBC4 in making this exciting series then please get in touch via British Pathé’s free online newsreel archive: http://www.britishpathe.com with the subject heading ‘Story of Pathé’


Watch this great 1953 newsreel of staff working in a Pathe office (click here to view)

Busy cutting!

A brief history of British Pathé:

Pathé News first opened a British office on Wardour Street in London, 1910. Producing biweekly newsreels that were distributed around cinemas in Britain, Pathé became the first major source of news through moving pictures. During the First World War, the cinema newsreels were called the Pathé Animated Gazettes and for the first time this provided newspapers with competition. After 1918, British Pathé started producing a series of Cinemagazines, where the Newsreels were much longer and more comprehensive. The ‘classic’ Pathé style is that of the WWII years and after, especially the ones with the voice of Bob Danvers Walker doing the commentary. After 1928, sound was introduced and by 1930, British Pathé were covering news, entertainment, sport, culture and women’s issues through programmes including the Pathétone Weekly, the Pathé Pictorial, the Gazette and Eve’s Film Review. By the time Pathé eventually stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970, they had accumulated a rich assortment of historical footage including Queen Victoria’s funeral, the Hindenburg disaster, Elvis Presley and Albert Einstein.

Terry Ashwood's daughter Gaye Ashwood in Egypt, 1956

90,000 digitised clips from Pathé’s vaults at Pinewood Studios can be watched for free in their National Lottery supported archive www.britishpathe.com

Author: British Pathé

British Pathé holds the world's finest newsreel collection. We also represent the Reuters historical collection. All 220K films are viewable on our website.

8 thoughts on “Who made Pathé News?”

  1. I am the daughter of Peter Baylis. He worked at Pathe prior to making the Time to Remember series and I was taken as a child to the studios on occasion where I was allowed to collect the plastic centres of reels of film! I am collecting an archive of his work.

    You can contact me by e-mail or on 01865 847452.

  2. The two-shot by a filing cabinet is of Chris Kelly (holding file card) with Harry Wynder, Pathe News Chief Film Librarian.
    Photographed in Nov/Dec 1973 during the filming of an edition of the Granada TV series “Clapperboard” (of which Chris Kelly was the presenter). The programme was transmitted on 31.12 73. (I devised & compiled the series,
    which ran for 10 years on the ITN Network)

  3. Just found photo of myself (on the blog) in 1956, Egypt! I’m researching my Father’s career and wartime history possibly with a book dedicated to him to be written by me in the near future. I obviously have a daughter’s memories to call upon, and I am enjoying reading so much about the man who was TERRY ASHWOOD!

  4. i worked for pathe in the cutting room in the sixties as a messenger boy and cameramans assistant it was very exiting as a 15year old boy i remember fond memories of Norman Roper, Stan tyler, George Manzi etc (the spelling of the name might be incorrect)
    Derek Selby

  5. My father Edward Carr Buddy worked in the Paris office of Pathe News circa 1935 until the invastion of Paris. He also was there for the liberation. He was responsible for newsfilm during that period and traveled to many European locations with a camera man. All of the letters he wrote to his sister during that period have survived.

  6. Some time back I ran across the collection of (New York City-based) Pathe Productions information. Years back (circa 1989), I worked the Grammy Awards in Radio City Music Hall (New York in ’87 if I recall correctly); standing in the same room as Run DMC and Bono of U2 fame; produced an art film shot in Black and White on Alida Walsh’s (a Montclair State College/University professor) super-8 camera (a frame-by-frame optional jobbie and I decided to work in a pixillation-mode as a handheld frame-by-frame shooter to demonstrate plausible skill and attentiveness to the subjects I’ve studied;… anyhow, I’ve good language skills and am currently at home working on a few production-ideas (seeking funding/contracts/contacts, etc. with competent and on-time-on-budget sorts of folks who might propel my expectations into work-for-hire salary levels that run upwards of 400-thousand pound-sterling (or even U.S.D.) per annum on a regular basis. I worked in conjunction with a Rutgers University Professor to produce a “bit of a snore” on the subject (emerging technology at the time) of Plastics Recycling (which was an industry that was just developing in the United States at the time). Your good and valued connections to myself would be welcomed with a rather clear conscience and strong esprit d’ corps (spelling here <– is a bit in question at this hour, as my French is a bit rusty, with apologies). I'm at least semi-fluent in Spanish, French, Danish and English on most occasions and have enjoyed rather rudimentary instruction in Japanese on prior occasion as well. Please feel free to connect with me via e-mail or telephone (Les Etas Unis' tel.: 973-706-5809 (New York City's time zone)); I am a resident of Wayne, New Jersey and offer my e-mail contact as KimberlySteinka (all lower-case, without a trailing space, incidentally)@yahoo.com (kimberlysteinka@yahoo.com for those who're fond of e-mail) or use; Miss Kimberly Ann Steinka c/o William A. Steinka; 24 East Eighth Street; Clifton, NJ 07011 (U.S.A) at whatever time might be convenient.

    Sincerely, –Kimberly A. Steinka

  7. As a result of my father working as a correspondent for Pathe prior to and during WWII my older sister and I were born in Paris. At the age of two, when the Germand decided they liked wine better than beer it was decided that Mom, my sister and I would be better off returning to America while Dad, Edward Carr Buddy, remained in Europe. Two events from that time stand out in my memory. One was Dad’s friendship with Ernie Pyle and the other was Dad being injured in a Nazi time bombing of the Naples post office for which he received The Purple Heart.

    Mason A. Buddy
    Marblehead, MA

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