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Naomi Sargent 1933-2006

Naomi Sargant memorial

Went yesterday evening to an inspiring memorial service at St John’s church, Smith Square, SW1 for Naomi Sargant, champion of adult education and free education for all. Naomi set up the Education department at Channel 4 when it was founded 25 years ago this year. Jeremy Isaacs (founding Chief Executive of Channel 4) spoke, as did David Puttnam (current board member)

I last saw Naomi on 13th June at the RTS Awards, the evening we picked up an award for Breaking the News, a project addressing Media Literacy, one of Naomi’s passions. She told me that evening she wasn’t well – she passed away a month later.

I was working with her on 21/7 (2005) when further bombings were attempted in the wake of the 7/7 bombings. We were at the DfES doing work on the relationship between Public Service Broadcasting and Education in the UK when the news of the bombers started coming in. Because the meeting had been so hard to arrange and the time available was so limited, we soldiered on and got the job done, as undistracted as possible. Very Naomi.

The gathering last night reminded me of the heritage of Channel 4 Education and gave me a real sense of taking on the flame…

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