Marmaduke Hussey

Lord Hussey of North Bradley, Marmaduke Hussey, 1923-2006

Chairman 1986-1996

Hussey was the only Chairman to sit for two full terms. He was severely wounded during World War 2 and his leg was amputated as a prisoner-of-war. On his return he had a long career with Associated Newspapers but left to join Times Newspapers. When they introduced electronic typesetting he gave an ultimatum to the print unions which closed the newspapers for a year. He was connected to the Conservative Government (his brother-in-law William Waldegrave was a Cabinet Minister) but was refused a Knighthood in 1990. He admitted he knew nothing about broadcasting when he became Chairman. He has the distinction of having dismissed two Director-Generals - Alasdair Milne and Michael Checkland - and later fell out with John Birt over his management style. Relations deteriorated further when Hussey (whose wife was a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen) was not told in advance about Panorama’s controversial interview with Diana, Princess of Wales in 1995.