Richard Lindley (journalist)

Richard Lindley (25 April 1936 – 6 November 2019) was a British television journalist.

Richard Lindley
Born(1936-04-25)25 April 1936
Died6 November 2019(2019-11-06) (aged 83)
EducationBedford School
Queens' College, Cambridge at the University of Cambridge
OccupationTelevision journalist
Spouse(s)Clare Fehrsen (1976–1986)
Carole Stone (1999–2019)


Lindley was born in Winchester, Hampshire, on 25 April 1936. He was educated at Bedford School and Queens' College, Cambridge, and is mentioned in The Peerage.

Lindley's television career began in 1962. He joined ITN, working as a war reporter in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East. In 1973, he moved from news to current affairs, joining the BBC's flagship Panorama programme. He remained with Panorama for fifteen years before being appointed as a television regulator at the Independent Broadcasting Authority, forerunner of Ofcom, regulating the accuracy and impartiality of ITV news and current affairs. Returning to programme making, he became a reporter and presenter for ITV's This Week. He subsequently rejoined ITN to present its World News and make special reports for News at Ten. He published a book on autonomy and consent. He was latterly lead governor for Royal Free Hospital.

Lindley was married to the broadcaster Carole Stone.[1] He published two books about the history of British broadcasting, including a history of Panorama.[2]

Lindley died on 6 November 2019. He had suffered from early-onset Alzheimer's disease in his later years.[3]


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  2. ^ Richard Lindley (2002), Panorama: Fifty Years of Pride and Paranoia, Politicos, ISBN 1-902301-80-3
  3. ^ "Richard Lindley, dashing television reporter and inquisitor at ITN and for BBC 'Panorama' in its heyday, who was the first western journalist to interview Saddam Hussein – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 2019-11-19.

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