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Frederick George Kellaway

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Frederick George Kellaway (1870-1933), managing director of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co and joint-MD of Imperial and International Communications

1933 Obituary [1]

BY the death of the Right Hon. F. G. Kellaway, P .C., on Thursday, April 13th, a well-known figure has been removed from the wireless industry.

He was vice-chairman and managing director of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd.; chairman and managing director of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company, Ltd.; deputy governor and joint managing director of Cables and Wireless, Ltd., and joint managing director of Imperial and International Communications, Ltd.

Prior to his association with the Marconi companies, which began in 1922, he had a long record of public service, both in South-East London and in the House of Commons. During the twelve years 1910-1922, when he was Member of Parliament for Bedford, he held a number of State offices, and his war service included some very strenuous work whilst acting as Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions.

After the war he was appointed Secretary to the Department of Overseas Trade, and following the General Election in 1921 became Postmaster General. His services in this connection were notable by reason of the now historic negotiations regarding broadcasting and wireless telephony in Great Britain, which led to the formation of the British Broadcasting Company, now the British Broadcasting Corporation. He also displayed very marked business capabilities by producing for the first time after the war a surplus of income over working costs in the British Post Office administration.

He was born at Bishopston, Bristol, in 1870.

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