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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 June 2007, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Radio performer Hatch dies at 68
David Hatch, pictured in 1973
Hatch made the transition from radio performer to executive
Broadcaster and former head of BBC network radio Sir David Hatch has died at the age of 68.

He made his name performing alongside John Cleese and The Goodies in 1960s radio show Sorry I'll Read That Again.

Hatch went on to produce a number of shows including Just A Minute, before moving into management where he went on to become head of BBC radio.

He later returned to broadcasting, acting as regular chairman of Radio 4 gameshow Wireless Wise from 1999-2003.

West End appearance

Hatch appeared in other recent BBC radio programmes, including The Archive Hour in 2006, which was a celebration of the BBC's Broadcasting House headquarters.

He met Cleese and Goodies regulars Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie at Cambridge, where they were active in the Footlights theatrical society.

David Hatch (second right) shown with (l-r) John Cleese, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor
Hatch (second right) with the I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again team

As a cast member of 1963 revue show Plinths, he appeared on London's West End stage and Broadway, where it was renamed Cambridge Circus.

Hatch's career as a BBC radio executive also saw him serve as head of radio light entertainment and controller of Radio 2 and Radio 4.

He left the corporation in 1996 and was knighted in 2003 for his subsequent work in the criminal justice system.


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