Michael Hurll
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Michael Hurll was 'immensely talented'

Michael Hurll, who produced The Two Ronnies and established the British Comedy Awards, has died aged 75.

The TV executive was also responsible live broadcasts including The Eurovision Song Contest and The Royal Variety Show.

He hired Janice Long as the first female presenter of Top Of The Pops in the 1980s. Speaking on her Radio 2 show, the broadcaster remembered him as "one of the most influential producers in television", who was "warm, lovely and immensely talented".