Wire Free Productions was founded in 2012 by the broadcaster and former BBC executive Matthew Bannister and the former BBC manager and editor Husain Husaini. In 2016 the former BBC senior producer Sally Spurring joined the company’s management team. Their aim: to produce high quality journalistic content. Wire Free has two teams of staff – one based in London and the other in Leeds – who produce hundreds of hours of radio each year.
Matthew has presented programmes on BBC Radios 1, 2, 4, 5Live, Local Radio and the BBC World Service as well as on London’s Capital Radio. He currently presents Radio 4’s obituary programme Last Word and the human interest interview programme Outlook on the BBC World Service. Matthew has also held a number of senior roles in the BBC management, including Chief Executive of Production, Director of Radio and Director of Marketing and Communication. During the 1990s he was Controller of BBC Radio 1, re-positioning the network to focus on new music and attract a younger audience. Before that, he launched and led the BBC’s London station GLR, where he developed the talents of Chris Evans, Chris Morris, Danny Baker and Emma Freud. He is a Fellow of the Radio Academy and of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary doctor of letters and Professor of Arts at Nottingham University.
Husain joined Wire Free after a 20 year career at the BBC. He was Head of Programmes and before that Head of News at the BBC Asian Network. He was a Programme Editor at BBC Radio 5 live and worked for the Today Programme, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service. He was 5 live’s reporter in Leeds and also reported for the network from India, South Africa, DRC, Gabon and Australia. He edited the Sony Award winning 5 live breakfast show in New York following the 9/11 attacks. He edited Matthew Bannister’s 5 live programme which was on air as the July 7th attacks on London took place.
Sally has seventeen years experience as a producer on Radio 4 across News and Current Affairs and Specialist Factual. She has produced Today, WATO, PM and Broadcasting House. She has led teams on Front Row, the Media Show and Last Word and was a senior producer in the arts unit working on Open Book, The Film Programme, The Verb and Night Waves. She made long and short form documentaries for Radio 4 and produced the 5 Live Report for a year during her time in-house. Sally is a Trustee of the writers development agency Spread the Word. She is a co-director of “SMASHfestUK: It is for you”, a trans-media science and arts festival for hard-to-reach audiences funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts Council. Until the beginning of 2017, she was also a Director of the design education network Fixperts.
We have a team of 4 people in Leeds, Dan Markham, Richard Murie, Ailsa Rochester and Jo Taylor. They make the Georgey Spanswick show for BBC Local Radio.
In London we have a team led Musty Aziz which makes the Jane Garvey and Peter Allen Programme.