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Biography: Andrew Jeffrey
Andrew Jeffrey
Andrew was born and raised in Eastbourne, and at the age of 8, nurtured an affinity with the continent of Africa, after winning a Cadbury's art prize on cocoa production.

But his real chance to absorb himself in African culture did not come until 19 years later.

Schooling was in Eastbourne, and after attending Eastbourne School of Art, he moved into the advertising agency business locally.

When he was 18, he became Studio Manager for the then Rex Stewart Group, London, well before the likes of Saatchi & Saatchi were in town.

Each journey was made with an insistence in staying in small villages and towns
Being a fervent Scot - strong family ties with the Scottish Borders - he moved north to Edinburgh and later Aberdeen, where he became an account executive with the Royds Group.

At this stage of life, his travelling was largely European, through Spain, France and Italy. But each journey was made with an insistence in staying in small villages and towns, savouring a more realistic lifestyle of the regions.

Time for change

Then a complete career change was in store. After becoming disillusioned with the way in which the advertising agency industry was going - the two hour lunch was long gone - he went to Sandhurst to pursue a career in the army as his father had.

With bad luck, he contracted cancer which had a terminating effect on his joining the Gordon Highlanders, but he continued, after treatment with the reserves.

The day job was to change again. At a time when the oil industry was crying out for workers, he took the plunge.

After three years working in the wilds of the North Sea, rising to Assistant Driller, he managed to win a foreign contract to Angola. His childhood dreams of Africa were rekindled.

But after a year working in the offshore industry there, he fell on the rig and broke his back, ending up in a wheelchair.

A new medium

Life, he says, has been more fun since that day. He entered the broadcasting industry in 1991, presenting and producing radio packages for BBC Radio Scotland, often re-versioning them, as freelancers do, for BBC Radio's Five Live and BBC Radio 4.

He has never lost his passion for the global picture of current affairs
In 1999, after several years in radio and television presenting, reporting, researching and producing, he saw a vision of the future... Online.

He took a two month attachment as a broadcast assistant with the then fledgling Where I Live websites in Birmingham and has stayed with the medium.

After filming a report again in Angola for BBC 2's Correspondent, he spent a year producing the Crossing Continents and Correspondent websites.

He has never lost his passion for the global picture of current affairs, which has from time to time taken him away from home.

He is married to a very patient wife, Sally, with three teenage sons - possible future journalists?

He is currently BBC One's Politics Show Online Producer for English Regions Programming, based in Newcastle.

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