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Canford Audio founder and CEO Iain Elliott passes away

Elliott was described as Canford's "guiding force" for almost 45 years

Canford Audio has announced the company’s founder and CEO Iain Elliott passed away at the end of December following a battle with cancer.

In a post on the company’s website, chairman John Francis paid tribute to Elliott, describing him as Canford’s “guiding force” for most of the last 45 years.

Elliott (left) and Francis

After graduating from Durham University in 1974, Elliott was one of the founders of Metro Radio, before going on to create Canford Recordings, which he ran with Hugh Morgan Williams.

Elliott launched Canford Audio as a ‘one stop shop’ for audio in 1976.

“He knew everybody; his management style was to go round talking to people,” said Francis. “His knowledge of ‘products’ can scarcely have been rivalled in the industry and he maintained excellent relations with key customers and suppliers.”

The company’s deputy CEO Alan Wilson will step up as acting CEO. “Canford has just come to the end of an outstandingly successful trading year, despite the pandemic, and [the] team will continue to lead the company from strength to strength,” added Francis.

Plans are in place for a memorial service to celebrate Elliott’s life at a later date, with more details to be announced.

The thoughts of everyone at TVBEurope and Future are with Elliott’s family, friends, and colleagues at this time.