Studio manager's death is accidental, rules inquest

David March David March joined the BBC in 1998

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An inquest into the death of a BBC studio manager who fell off a cliff has found that a navigational error may have led to his fatal fall.

David March, who worked for the World Service, was walking in Snowdonia when he plunged 130 feet onto rocks. He suffered head, chest and leg injuries and died immediately.

A leader of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team believed March, who was 36, might have missed a path taking him safely down the mountain and was looking for an alternative route.

Low cloud and slippery rocks had made the conditions difficult, with visibility down to 15 feet, the inquest in Ruthin heard.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

March, from Thornton Heath, joined the BBC in 1998 and worked as a studio manager for foreign language services output, covering the Europe region in particular.

At the time of his death in October, the team he worked for said they were 'hugely saddened' by the tragic death.

Matthew Thorn, operations manager for BBC News Production Operations, added: 'He was a very considerate and highly professional member of the team who always had a smile for his colleagues and a very keen sense of humour. He will be sorely missed by us all.'

The studio manager, who was single, was also chairman of Croydon University Hospital station Radio Mayday and volunteered at Whitechapel AM at the Royal London Hospital.

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