The company, then known as Loftus Productions, had its first office in Nigel’s house on Loftus Road, before moving to its present home just around the corner, off Shepherd’s Bush Green. Nigel collaborated with Matt Thompson who founded Loftus North in Scotland.
Nigel (pictured right) was one of the first BBC producers to set up an independent company. He liked to work without the clock ticking and found it easier to work in a friendly warm environment away from the corporation. His programmes were distinguished by a lovely dry wit and perfect timing. He loved music and his use of it in radio was intuitive and deft. Along the way he won many awards – including the coveted Premios Ondas.
But Nigel always considered his real achievement at Loftus was creating a welcoming, relaxed environment where talent could develop and blossom. There he could compose meditative, thoughtful programmes, like the award winning ‘Something Understood’.
Nigel sadly died in 2008 and is much missed and much remembered.
In 2013, the company was renamed Loftus Media, to reflect the growing diversity of the work we do across all platforms – from radio programmes and podcasts, to photography, video and a vast array of digital content projects.
Former Loftus director David Smith now runs Wardour Studios, a recording facility in London.
Matt Thompson, co-founder of Loftus, owns Rockethouse Productions in Scotland.