Ray Gosling, 1939 – 2013



Ray Gosling (2010) | Eddie Mulholland/Telegraph | 14137

Gay rights activist and journalist-broadcaster Ray Gosling has died aged 74. Mr Gosling died yesterday in Nottingham, England.

Gosling was born in Chester in 1939, was educated at Northampton Grammar School and the University of Leicester, became a youth worker in the St Ann’s slums in Nottingham and wrote Sum Total, his autobiography, at the age of 23. The book detailed his work in the city. In the early 1960s he became a television journalist working for the BBC and for commercial television.

In a BBC TV broadcast on 15 February 2010, he claimed that he had killed his lover. “I killed someone once,” he said. “He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got Aids. I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead.” It turned out that he had not, and he was prosecuted for wasting police time. It seems his memory had played tricks on him. His career as a broadcaster and documentary maker, however, was over.



One thought on “Ray Gosling, 1939 – 2013

  1. Through the 1970s, Granada’s On Site saw Gosling with members of the public demanding answers from authority figures over local grievances. Gosling’s refusal to let officials off the hook nearly got him sacked in the first week, but public reaction made the show a local institution, at times virtually trial by television. In the 1990s clips from the show were poked fun at by Bob Mills on his late-night comedy series In Bed With Medinner; admittedly very funny, but also a good indicator of how by then irony had overthrown anarchy.


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