Ralph Johnston

Family, friends and former colleagues have paid tribute to a former head of BBC Look East who has died at the age of 78.

Family, friends and former colleagues have paid tribute to a former head of BBC Look East who has died at the

age of 78.

Ralph "Johnny" Johnston died on July 17, having suffered from Parkinson's disease.

Mr Johnston came to Norwich in September, 1967 and became the regional television manager for BBC East, a post he held until he retired in April, 1987.


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He started his journalistic career in Hampshire at the age of 16, when he worked for the Christchurch Times.

Mr Johnston did his National Service with the paratroopers when he was 18, before resuming his career with the Bournemouth Echo.

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He then decided to go freelance and during this time did work for BBC South, eventually joining its staff. He was presenter of the nightly Look South programme for a number of years before becoming news editor and then moving to Norwich.

Mr Johnston's funeral service was held on Wednesday at Colney Wood Burial Park near Norwich.

Dick Robinson, who worked with Mr Johnston and spoke at the service, said: "He appointed me his news editor, and I stayed with him until we both retired in 1987. He was a very good manager and we got on well. He was a very fair-minded man and very tough when he had to be."

Mr Johnston was also a keen sportsman, enjoying squash, tennis and table tennis, but sailing was one of his favourite pastimes, particularly on the Broads.

Mr Johnston, who lived at Cringleford, near Norwich, leaves a widow Audrey, daughter Lynne and grandchildren James and George. He also had a son, Kevin, who died

in 2000.

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