Bahai News - David's spreading the word
David's spreading the word
David Hofman started his career as the only male television announcer in
the world before World War II, and has ended it as one of the forces behind
the rapid rise of the Baha'i Faith to become one of the largest independent
Visiting the Whitehorse Baha'i community this week as part of a national
tour , David recalled his time as the only male BBC television announcer
between 1937 and 1948 , at a time of "experimental" broadcasts.
"There are 5000 receiving sets and it was purely experimental.
There were two broadcasts a day at 8am and 5pm… we did outside broadcasts
at Wimbeldon and the cricket. I was on the roof at Lords when Donald Bradman
made a double century," he said.
England had the only public service in the world at the time although
this was shut down when war was declared. He then worked on BBC 'Empire
Service' and broadcast many programs to Australia.
"In those days we were the arbiters of good speech" David said.
Today he believes the media should help raise the standards of morality and
human conduct instead of lowering standards. "I think the media has a
very large portion to blame for the condition of humanity today,"
David said. He became a Baha'i in 1930s in Canada and in 1937 established
a Baha'i Publishing Trust in the UK, 'George Renold', which still exists
During the war he went into fire service, putting out fires after bomb
raids. "As a Baha'i , I wanted to do my national service, serve my
country, but we don't want to out killing," he said.
David also worked in radio and theatre, appearing in several West Ends
shows in 1930s. In 1963 he was elected to the first world governing body
of the Baha'i Faith, the Universal House of Justice, and lived at the head
quarters on Mt Carmel in Haifa, Israel, for 25 years until he retirement
"We don't have any priesthood in the Baha'i Faith at all,"
he said. Instead the Baha'i Faith operates on a system of freely elected
governing councils set p in communities world-wide and claims to have over
six million followers. The system was founded in 1800s by a Persian noble
man and teaches world wide peace , unity and harmony, based on a single
God represented by all the world's religions. Today the 88 year old former
distinguished English TV announcer, actor, publisher and spiritual messenger
travels the world visiting Baha'i communities. "I enjoy my life now
because everywhere I go I meet my spiritual brothers and sisters,"
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