Capital Radio’s first Chairman and Life President Lord Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.
He was the first voice on-air at Capital in 1973, saying those now famous words “This, for the very first time, is Capital Radio” which was followed by the Capital Radio theme jingle. He was part of the IBA licence bid and effectively launched legal independent music radio in the UK.
Founder of Capital’s current owner Global Radio, Ashley Tabor, has paid tribute: “Very saddened to hear of the death of Richard Attenborough. He started @CapitalOfficial and steered it through some very tough times in the early days. You will be missed, sir. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP” Richard Park added: “without him commercial radio wouldn’t be in the robust health that it is today”.
Of course Lord Richard was most well known for his careers as an actor and film director, spanning six decades and include Jurassic Park, Miracle on 34th Street, The Great Escape and directing Gandhi. He was also President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Richard was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, the naturalist and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, who was an executive at Alfa Romeo.
He was Chairman of Capital Radio from 1972 to 1992, then Life President from 1992 onwards.
He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son has just confirmed to BBC News.
His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning – Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 24, 2014
Farewell to commercial radio pioneer, Richard Attenborough, at 90. Capital's first voice, as he recalls here: https://t.co/LOMpGIQGKQ
— David Lloyd (@DavidLloydRADIO) August 24, 2014
It was always nice to see Lord Attenborough when he came into Capital/Global Radio for the AGM's http://t.co/sWGbPVeLAa
— Zora Suleman (@ZoraSuleman) August 24, 2014
Whilst tributes to Richard Attenborough will recall his film & stage legacy, #radio will remember him – for the very first time – at Capital
— Richard Horsman (@leedsjourno) August 24, 2014
Sir Richard Attenborough it was an honour to have been a part of capital radio with you at the helm when capital was a REAL radio station x
— Mick Brown (@djmickbrown) August 24, 2014