Newspaperman and Former BBC Chair Hussey Dead at 83

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Newspaperman and British Broadcasting Corp. chairman Lord Hussey died Dec. 27.

After serving in World War II, where he lost a leg in fighting at Anzio and was taken as a prisoner of war, Marmaduke Hussey began his news career when he joined Associated Newspapers, eventually becoming editor of The Daily Mail.

Hussey moved to Times Newspapers, where he served as chief executive and managing director during the 1970s. Labor relations deteriorated when management sought to introduce new technology, and in 1978 the Times went unpublished for almost a year before being bought by Rupert Murdoch.

Hussey was chairman of the BBC from 1986 to 1996, a period during which the broadcaster came under criticism for perceived political bias.

Named a peer in 1996, Hussey is survived by his wife, the former Lady Susan Waldegrave, lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth and godmother to Prince William.

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