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Former BBC Chief Bill Cotton Dies Aged 80

August 12, 2008

Sir Bill Cotton (pictured) the BBC’s former Managing Director of Television, died yesterday.

Sir Bill, who retired in 1987, died in hospital in Bournemouth at the age of 80.

He spent seven years as the BBC’s Head of Light Entertainment between 1970 and 1977, overseeing classic shows like The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

He also spent four years as BBC controller.

Sir Bill was awarded the Academy Fellowship by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) in 1998.

Entertainer Bruce Forsyth, said Sir Bill “knew how to treat performers, how to talk to them.”

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