Radiocentre was sad to learn that Richard Findlay CBE, a much-loved and greatly respected figure in a number of spheres, including radio, has died at the age of 73 after a short illness.
Richard graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and began his professional life in the theatre. He then moved into media where he became CEO of Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH), which owned radio stations and newspapers across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, becoming one of the most successful groups of its kind. In 1975 he was Programme Director of Radio Forth, and spoke the first words on air. He was the founding Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland and was most recently the Chairman of Creative Scotland. He was made a CBE for services to the arts and creative industries in 2013.
We would like to offer our condolences to Richard’s family and many friends. Richard Findlay was a remarkable man and his passing is a great loss.