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Tributes paid to Aubrey Singer

Aubrey Singer, a distinguished former Managing Director of both BBC Television and Radio, has died aged 80.


He founded science programmes including Tomorrow's World and Horizon and led the modernisation of BBC Radio in the Seventies.


He spent his career at the BBC, and was Head of Science and Features for BBC TV in 1961; Controller of BBC Two from 1974 to 1978; Managing Director of Radio from 1978 to 1982; and Managing Director of Television from 1982 to 1984.


Paying tribute, Jana Bennett, Director, BBC Vision, said: "Aubrey Singer will be remembered as a distinguished programme maker and controller who presided over output such as Civilisation And The Ascent Of Man – series still regarded as benchmarks for the industry today.


"He was also a accomplished television executive who contributed an extraordinary amount at a time of enormous change in the industry. Our thoughts are with his family."


Noble Wilson, the BBC's Controller of International Relations from 1974 to 1985, said: "I knew Aubrey from the early days in 1952 when he was the first television OB producer in Scotland and I was his stage manager. On and off we worked together throughout his career.


"He was certainly a one-off figure full of drive, enthusiasm, interest and curiosity. If he took a subject he would dig into it until he knew everything about it.


"He was very enthusiastic and expected others to be too. He was also a lateral thinker, entrepreneurial and expanded factual television."


Aubrey Singer was born in 1927 and joined the BBC in 1949.


He died on Saturday 26 May 2007 in a nursing home in Chiswick.


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Date: 29.05.2007
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