Tribute paid to Sir David Hatch
Sir David Hatch, distinguished former Managing Director of BBC Network Radio, died last night after a long illness. He was 68-years-old.
David made his name performing alongside John Cleese and the Goodies team in the early Sixties with the Cambridge Footlights revue, then joining BBC Radio in 1964 as an actor and writer for I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again.
In 1965, he was appointed as Radio Light Entertainment producer, devising and producing programmes such as Week Ending, Just A Minute and the radio versions of Doctor In The House and What Ho! Jeeves.
During his career at the BBC, David was Director of Radio Programmes, Controller of Radios 2 and 4 respectively, Head of Radio Light Entertainment, Radio Network Editor in Manchester and Executive Producer of Programme Development.
In 1987 he became Managing Director of Network Radio and in January 1993 was appointed Adviser to the Director-General.
He was knighted in 2004.
Jenny Abramsky, Director of BBC Audio and Music, said: "Sir David Hatch was one of the greats of BBC Radio.
"He was a performer, a leader and an inspirer of people. He led the radio Light Entertainment department with verve and joy.
"He was a terrific Controller of both Radio 2 and Radio 4 and as Managing Director of BBC Radio he modernised and ensured that radio thrived in an increasingly competitive world.
"No one in BBC Radio has ever had such a wide ranging and successful career."
BBC Press Office