Ed Townsend


May 5 2016

Bay TV has issued the following statement:

Ed Townsend,  who became a great champion of local TV in the UK,  has died at the age of 64.

Merseyside-born Ed passed away, surrounded by his family, at his home in South Wales yesterday.

He had bravely endured the effects of cancer, which was diagnosed late last year.

Ed was a fine journalist, who began his career on the local paper in his native Birkenhead.

He later worked at the Mercury Press Agency and then in local radio before pursuing a distinguished career in corporate communications.

He worked at Girobank, Dunlop, and for BT in various regions, before moving on to Cardiff City Council.

Ed also entered politics and worked tirelessly for the benefit of local communities, through the Liberal Democrats. He was held in high esteem as a councillor in Newport, where he was elected deputy leader of the council.

With the commitment that was his hallmark, Ed took on the role of establishing Bay TV Swansea, and led the team that secured the licence in 2014.

Chris Johnson, Chair of the Local TV Network, said: “The flair and determination that Ed Townsend brought to setting up the station was typical of him.

“He was a real professional, possessed of great talents and an innate sense of fair play.

“He was a much admired colleague and I feel honoured and privileged to have counted him as a friend.

“He will be very sorely missed.”

Peter Townsend, Chairman of Bay TV Swansea, added: “Ed’s vision and drive to establish a local TV station for the Swansea Bay region have been inspiring.

“The creation of Bay TV Swansea will be a lasting legacy to Ed.”

Friends and colleagues sent condolences to Ed’s wife Carmel and their family.