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Former BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey dies

india Updated: Dec 27, 2006 16:59 IST

Former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) chairman Marmaduke Hussey has died at the age of 83, the broadcaster said on Wednesday.

Hussey was appointed to the top BBC job in 1986, steering it for a decade during which it was criticised for alleged left-wing bias under conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the BBC said.

His journalistic career began in 1949 when he joined Associated Newspapers as a trainee.

He went on to become a director at the newspaper group, before switching to Times Newspapers where he was managing director from 1971-80.

He had been a soldier during World War II, losing a leg. After his time at the BBC he was given a life peerage, becoming Lord Hussey, in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list in 1996.

Lord Hussey married Lady Susan Waldegrave, a lady-in-waiting to the queen and godmother to Prince William. The couple had a son and a daughter.