Anglian radio pioneer David Cocks dies aged 71

Group Executive Chairman of Anglian Radio David Cocks has died at the age of 71.

David lived and worked in Suffolk for the majority of his life, starting his career at the East Anglian Daily Times in Ipswich. He was a pioneer of local commercial radio in the UK as one of the founding Directors of Radio Orwell, progressing to become Chief Executive for 11 years and oversaw many changes including the expansion into Saxon Radio in Bury-St-Edmunds and the development of Suffolk Group Radio – SGR.

Beyond the Suffolk county border David also held management positions at CNFM in Cambridge & Mellow 1557 in Tendring in the early 90s.

Outside of the local media industry David worked as a Governor for Copleston High School in Ipswich and Chair of Suffolk MIND, & was also a Grant Board member for the Anglian Radio Group children’s charities.

In recent years David came back to broadcasting as the Executive Chairman of Anglian Radio, the parent company of stations such as Town 102 in Ipswich & The Beach in Lowestoft.

Today joint Anglian Radio Directors Jonathan & Leigh Hemmings paid tribute, “David was a true gentleman, a great pioneer of local radio in the Anglia region, and a man who loved our industry. Anyone who ever worked with him will know that, and will miss him enormously. Our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time”.

David leaves his wife Stephanie, a son and two step-sons.

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