Friday, May 15, 2009

Former broadcaster, Press Club president Bill Hutton dead at 83

HALIFAX, N.S. — William (Bill) Hutton, a former longtime broadcaster and past president of the National Press Club, died in hospital Wednesday after a short illness.He was 83.Born in Moncton, N.B., Hutton served in the army during the Second World War before beginning a career in radio news in Moncton and Saint John, N.B.He went on to become an editor with Broadcast News in Toronto and news director of CFRB in Toronto and CKWX in Vancouver.Hutton was also bureau chief of Selkirk News in Ottawa, chief executive officer of London Broadcasting and Independent Radio News in London, England, and general manager of CFNY in Brampton, Ont.He was a former member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and past president of the National Press Club, the Moncton Press Club, and the B.C. Newsmans Club.Hutton was the founder and first president of the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Canada.He received the association's Presidents Award in 1983, the Distinguished Service Award in 1990.In 2008, the association introduced the Bill Hutton Award of Excellence.Hutton retired from broadcasting in 1989; he is survived by his wife Janet and four grown children.A funeral service has been scheduled for Saturday in Burnt Church, N.B.

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