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A Tribute To Richard Whiteley

A Tribute To Richard Whiteley


Richard Whiteley, OBE

Thank you...

ITV Yorkshire has announced tickets for the Richard Whiteley Memorial Service at York Minster. Please email if you require tickets. Thanks.

This site is now closed, however this page will remain until the end of December 2005. All other pages have been removed, but downloadable in PDF format by clicking on the links below.

Once again, thanks to everyone who signed the Book of Condolence and those who have helped with the website.

Steven Murphy

Can anyone help? The printers I was going to use have gone bankrupt. Can anyone print 1,000 pages plus of a PDF document and bind it into volumes? Please email me for details. Thanks. The email address is


The whole Condolence Book is now available as a PDF. Please click on the Adobe logo below to view. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, then you can down load it. Please follow the link below.

 Photos of Richard Whiteley 

Carol's Memories

Friends' Messages

 The Book of Condolence 

About Richard

Richard Whiteley was a student at Giggleswick School, West Yorkshire and went on to Cambridge University. He was the first face to been seen on the new Channel 4 when it first broadcast in 1982. He opened the show with the line “As the countdown on a new channel ends, a brand-new Countdown begins.”


He famously said that when he died he would be remembered as the man “off the telly who was bitten by a ferret!”


He was known as “Twice Nightly Whiteley” as he presented both Channel 4's Countdown and Yorkshire Television’s evening news programme Calendar.

Carol Vordeman, a friend and co-host on Countdown said on Calendar: “I have lost a great friend and a fantastic man.”


Richard was taken into hospital in May and was diagnosed as having pneumonia. He was transferred from the Bradford Royal Infirmary to the Leeds General Infirmary last week and had major heart surgery. He died on Sunday 26th June.


He has left behind his long-term partner, Kathryn and a son.



ITV1 Yorkshire


The Countdown Page

Channel Four Television

BBC Look North

Giggleswick School


A Note from the Headmaster of Giggleswick School

There is to be a private funeral for Richard Whiteley next Wednesday 6th July;  however, there will be a Memorial Service in the Autumn.  Date and venue will be announced in due course.

From the Headmaster:

“The whole community of Giggleswick School is deeply shocked by the death of Richard Whiteley.  As is well documented, Richard had a life-long interest in Giggleswick School, where he was a pupil from 1957-62, before going up to Cambridge to read English. 

“He was an enthusiastic OG (Old Giggleswickian), and actively served as a Governor from 1980 to the present day.  He was a generous supporter of the School by word and deed, taking a particular interest in the Chapel services, musical events and drama productions, even going on tour to Australia with the School productions of the Boyfriend and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

He was known personally by pupils and staff, teaching and non-teaching alike, and his unique contribution could not have been more valued.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his partner, Kathryn, and all his family and friends.  His remarkable service to Giggleswick School will be marked in a suitable way in the future”.

G P Boult, Headmaster

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