Honorary Fellow Anthony Smith CBE

We regret to announce the very sad news that our alumnus and Honorary Fellow Anthony Smith CBE (English, 1956) died on 28th November 2021, following a long illness.

After gradutating from Brasenose in 1961, Tony became a producer of current affairs programmes for the BBC. His distinguished career included a period as a research fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and working on the McGregor Commission on the Press. He later worked on the Annan Committee on The Future of Broadcasting, and was subsequently appointed a board director of Channel 4 in 1981.

From 1979 to 1988, he was director of the British Film Institute (BFI), and was involved in the creation of the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in London. In 1988, he was appointed President of Magdalen College, Oxford, a role in which he continued until 2005.

Tony was awarded the CBE in 1987, and was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose in 1994. He was also awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) by Oxford Brookes in 1997.

The Brasenose Community extends its deepest sympathies to Tony's family, friends and colleagues. There is some additional information about his life and time at Magdalen College on this page of their website.

Anthony David Smith 1938 - 2021


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