7th Earl Of Onslow Dies, Once Hosted 'Supertunes' On BBC Radio 3
May 23, 2011 at 3:48 AM (PT)
MICHAEL ONSLOW, the seventh EARL OF ONSLOW, died MAY 14th at the age of 73, reports THE GUARDIAN.
ONSLOW, a colorful, bow-tie-clad presence in British government known for taking controversial and contrary positions like favoring the abolition of the right of hereditary peers to sit in the House of Lords (despite himself being a hereditary peer and one of 92 allowed to remain after a 1999 revision of the rules, which he fought), legalizing drugs, and opposing capital punishment, putting him at odds with other Torys, hosted a five-part show on Classical BBC RADIO 3 in 1994, "SUPERTUNES," which showed off his wide-ranging musical interests including rap, acid jazz, and thrash metal.
He was also twice a panelist on the BBC's comedy TV news quiz "HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU," and served on the Joint Committee on Human Rights from 2005 until his death.