The man who launched BBC Radio Kent in 1983, Clive Lawrence, has died aged 69.
A newspaper reporter in his younger days, Clive rose to the rank of producer on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today Programme and later became news editor at BBC Radio Sheffield.
As programme organiser at BBC Radio Kent he oversaw the station’s rebirth in 1983 when it extended its coverage countywide and became BBC Radio Kent (it had previously been Radio Medway) and it’s transition to stereo broadcasting in 1986.
Clive’s former BBC colleague and close personal friend Garry Selfridge led the tributes: “Clive combined high professional standards as a broadcaster and BBC manager with genuine interest in colleagues, contributors and his audience members. He was a constant – loyal, trustworthy, insightful and always supportive. Clive was a rare breed in the competitive and testing environment of broadcast journalism and will be greatly missed by those who really knew him.”
He leaves a wife, Marie, and three daughters, Kate, Maeve and Amy.
The funeral is on Wednesday 20th, 1pm at the Garden of England Crematorium, Sheppey Way, Bobbing, near Sittinbourne, ME9 8GZ.