OBITUARY Steve Huang, a founding executive of broadcaster ATV, has died. Huang, 79, died peacefully of an illness about midnight on Tuesday, ATV said last night. A spokeswoman for the station said his family had not told them where he died or the nature of the illness. She praised his work during his time at the station between 1975 and 1980, saying he was the driving force behind some of the popular drama series and variety shows of the time. Huang was recruited in the United States in 1962, to be chief operating officer and to help in the launch of Television Broadcasts (TVB). He later became managing director of ATV's precursor, British-owned channel Rediffusion, and continued in that role when it became ATV. The spokeswoman said the details of Huang's funeral had not been settled. 'The management of ATV expressed their regrets over Mr Huang's death, and on behalf of ATV would like to extend their deep condolences,' she said. Huang's death comes after the former owner of ATV, self-made millionaire and philanthropist Lim Por-yen, died of pneumonia on February 18.