Roger Laughton

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Roger Froome Laughton CBE FRTS (born 19 May 1942) is a BAFTA-winning television producer and former Chief Executive of Meridian Television.[1]

Laughton attended the state boys' grammar school King Edward VII School, Sheffield (KES). He studied at Merton College, Oxford, gaining a degree in History, and a DipEd from the Institute of Education in Oxford.

He was a television producer for the BBC from 1965–90, working on programmes such as Michael Wood's In Search of the Dark Ages and Great Railway Journeys of the World. On 27 October 1986 he launched the BBC Daytime service. In November 2006 he produced the Laughton Report, which found that the local BBC television services were disruptive to local newspapers, but employed fewer journalists.[2]

From 1991-96 he was the Chief Executive of Meridian Broadcasting (now ITV Meridian). He received the CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to regional broadcasting. He became a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 1994. He married Suzanne Taylor in 1967, and they have one daughter.

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Chairman of South West Screen
2004 - 2010
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New television franchise
Chief Executive of Meridian Broadcasting
1991 - 1996
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Director of BBC Enterprises
1987 - 1990
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Head of Daytime Programmes at BBC Television
1985 - 1987
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Head of Network Features at BBC Television
1980 - 1985
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