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. Matthew left the company in May 2019 to focus on his broadcasting career.
Husain joined Wire Free after a 20 year career at the BBC. He has led the company in making thousands of hours of radio and podcasts including for 5 years the Sunday evening slot on BBC Radio 5live (The 5live Hit List, Peter Allen and Jane Garvey, Peter Allen and Caroline Barker) He led the team that made a daily programme for 6 years syndicated across BBC Local Radio. His Heart Transplant series for 5live won Best Factual Production at the BBC Radio Awards. He launched the Sunday Times Magazine Podcast and the Folk on Foot podcast which won Silver at the 2019 British Podcast Awards. Before Wire Free 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.
For Wire Free and radio 4, Sally created the poetry series “Power Lines” that was nominated for a BBC Radio and Music Award and made the documentary “How do our Kids beat the Robots.” 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.