It is with profound sadness that SSVC announces the sudden and unexpected loss of forces favourite radio broadcaster, Richard Hutchinson.
A talented programme-maker and producer, Richard was as at home in a studio presenting a breakfast show as he was at an outside broadcast, creating digital video or making award-winning radio documentaries and podcasts.
He joined BFBS in a technical role in 1990, but it wasn't long before his talents as both presenter and producer began to shine and he was snapped up by the on-air team.
He was a consummate professional and a hugely-respected member of BFBS, travelling the world entertaining and informing the Armed Forces community from the jungles of Belize to the wilds of the Falkland Islands, from sunny Cyprus to the Canadian prairies, Germany, Kosovo, the Gulf and many points between.
Poignantly, it was Richard's voice that was the last heard in Berlin before, in 1994, the BFBS transmitters were switched off for the last time. The track? The Beatles' Long and Winding Road.
He was a generous teacher and mentor to many of his colleagues and he shared his passion for and understanding of the forces audience as well as his belief in the power of audio as a medium to best-support the morale and welfare of the community he served.
A gentleman and the gentlest of men
Richard was a gentleman and the gentlest of men, hugely respected by all who worked with him and by the many members of the forces family who knew him and allowed him to tell their stories.
He was a fantastic interviewer and creative programme maker with a very light touch, spending time developing his ideas and delivering excellence as standard.
He embodied the values of BFBS, the epitome of a forces broadcaster, going the extra mile every day to serve those who serve.
Richard was also a devoted family man and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and son at this devastating time. Rest peacefully, dear Richard.