Marmaduke Hussey, BBC chair, dies at 83


LONDON -- Lord Marmaduke Hussey, who spent a decade as chairman of the BBC, positioning it for the digital era, died Wednesday. He was 83.

His death was announced by the BBC Corp. where he served as the chairman of its board of directors from 1986-1996.

Hussey served with the Grenadier Guards in World War II and lost a leg in combat in Italy. Afterwards, he joined Associated Newspapers, rising to editor of the Daily Mail.

He later became chief executive of Times Newspapers from 1971 to 1982, and waged a bitter dispute with print unions about modernizing technology that kept the company's flagship Times and Sunday Times papers off the streets for nearly a year.

He became chairman of the BBC after the death of Stuart Young.

In a statement, acting-BBC Chairman Anthony Salz said Hussey's tenure came during a period of rapid change for the broadcaster.

"He oversaw rapid change during that time and before his retirement in 1996 he ensured that the BBC was in a strong position to lead the advent of the Internet and digital broadcasting," Salz said. "His time at the BBC was only a small part of his long-standing dedication to public service."

Hussey is survived by his wife, Lady Susan.