Posted December 10th 2018

Monica Sims, the “most senior woman in the BBC in the 1980s”, has died at 93

The College was saddened to learn of the death of Monica Sims (English, 1943), who has died at the age of 93.

She had a distinguished life, working at the BBC as editor of Woman’s Hour, head of BBC children’s television, as the first female director of the BBC’s radio programmes. Both the Guardian and the Telegraph have published obituaries, paying tribute to her life and achievements.

When she retired she produced the Sims Report in 1985, which made 19 recommendations on women in the BBC. All but one of her recommendations, parental leave for fathers, were accepted though this was also adopted at a later date.

She was made an OBE in 1971.

Monica Louie Sims, born 27 October 1925; died 20 November 2018

Photo credit: BBC.