I was sorry to hear that Vernon had passed away on 23 September.
He was a pioneering influence in the BBC and helped to lay the
foundation for the work we are continuing to do to make sure our staff and our programmes are truly representative of our
nation's diverse population.
We remember with gratitude and pride his launching of London Sounds
Eastern on BBC Radio London, and his generosity in mentoring and training people from ethnic minority backgrounds for the
Vernon will be greatly missed for his warmth, his integrity and
his commitment. May I offer you and your family my sincere condolences in your loss.
With kind regards and best wishes,
BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION