Wednesday, October 21, 1998 Published at 20:24 GMT 21:24 UK
BBC legend Frank Gillard dead
Frank Gillard in 1995
The veteran BBC broadcaster and executive, Frank Gillard, has died at the age of 89.
After the war he became the managing director of BBC Radio, overseeing the creation of Radio 1,2,3 and 4.
Mr Gillard was also the driving force behind the creation of BBC local radio in the 1960s. He was made an OBE in 1946 and a CBE in 1961.
However, he caused a national outcry in 1964 when he decided to scrap the popular radio programme Children's Hour.
"Frank was one of the most beloved figures in broadcasting and one of the most significant figures in BBC history.
The veteran broadcaster was enormously kind, but was also tough minded when it came to difficult decisions, Sir John added.
Born in Exford, Somerset, Mr Gillard worked as a school master for nine years before becoming a freelance broadcaster in 1936. He joined the BBC in 1941.
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