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Stuart Young (1934 – 1986) was an English business executive and accountant.

Stuart was the brother of a former UK cabinet minister Lord Young. He succeeded George Howard as the chairman of the BBC board of governors in 1983 and remained in this role until his early death from cancer in 1986. When he first became a BBC governor in 1981 he argued that the BBC should be funded by advertising. However, he later changed his mind and argued for the continuation of the television licence during the Peacock Committee. This disappointed Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who disliked the Television licence and had originally appointed Young believing that, as a Conservative, he would challenge the more left-leaning Director-General of the BBC, Alasdair Milne. She believed that Young had “gone native” and was now supporting the BBC instead of the government. [1]

At the time of his death, Stuart had with his wife Shirley, two daughters - Lesley and Lynda - a son-in-law, Denis, and one year old granddaughter, Sophie. His family has since grown with the addition of 5 more grandchildren from both his daughters. Lesley and Denis (Sophie, Georgia, Harry and Imogen) and Lynda, with Michael (Mark and James).

Alasdair Milne, Director-General of the BBC when Young was Chairman, later described him as “a sad case” – a brilliant accountant who didn’t know how to conduct business. [2]

Preceded by
George Howard
Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors
1983 - 1986
Succeeded by
Marmaduke Hussey


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