✎ Brian Matthew 1928-2017 [UPDATED AGAIN] 

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Brian Matthew, the long-time BBC Radio 2 disc jockey and a presenter on ABC Weekend’s Thank Your Lucky Stars died yesterday at the age of 88.

He had just been dropped as presenter of BBC Radio 2’s Sounds of the Sixties programme, although the network had promised him a shorter replacement programme.

The BBC has a tribute to Brian on their Sounds of the Sixties programme page.

[Update at 14:40] Scrap that. The BBC now say they were misinformed.

[Update on 8 April] Gone again now.

   

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5 responses to ✎ Brian Matthew 1928-2017 [UPDATED AGAIN]

Paul Mason 8 Apr 2017 at 12:33 pm

This is unfortunate. The BBC announced Brian Matthew’s retirement prematurely, and now his death while he his still alive but very ill. I just hope BM didn’t hear the wrong announcement. The obituaries can be published when the sad day comes.

Paul Mason 8 Apr 2017 at 10:05 pm

Sad to say Brian Matthew was confirmed as having died on Saturday 8 April, the day of the week that BM had regular broadcasts starting with Saturday Club on the BBC Light Programme and Thank Your Lucky Stars on ITV
I remember his narration of the Beatles Story on BBC Radio 1 and 2 in the summer of 1972. I used to also listen to Round Midnight on Radio 2. in the eighties. A large part of his later life was devoted to Sounds of the Sixties, now in the less than capable hands of Tony Blackburn.RIP me old mate.
You.might as well remove the lines through the premature tribute.

Paul Mason 8 Apr 2017 at 10:11 pm

One final thought. While he was 88 years of age, I wonder whether the upset caused by his enforced retirement has hastened his demise. The management of Radio 2 appear to be crass and insensitive and they deserve the push.

Paul Mason 9 Apr 2017 at 4:27 am

I stand to be corrected but Pete Murray is now the last survivor from the Light Programme era.
Many of that famous photo gathering of Radio 1 and 2 presenters are now dead.
Inevitable after 50 years sadly.

Paul Mason 10 Apr 2017 at 2:35 am

Here’s another name from the Light Programme who is still alive aged 87 but now retired after broadcasting in his native Canada – David Gell.
He hosted the Granada TV quiz Concentration in the late 1950s, and appeared on Ready Steady Go as a compere. He was on both BBC Light Programme and Radio Luxembourg. He hosted a show called European Pop Jury on Radio 2, a form of unbearable all year round Eurovision Song Contest.
According to BBC Genome his last BBC appearance was in 1977 after which he returned to Canada for the rest of his career. So there are TWO survivors from the Light Programme. I discount those who joined in 1967 and went on to Radios 1 and 2, David Hamilton (ABC in vision announcer). springs to mind.

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