Jonathan Witchell: 1974-2007
A tribute to our friend and colleague who died suddenly on 15th December 2007.
It's with great sadness that BBC Radio Kent has announced the untimely death of our friend and colleague Jonathan Witchell, who died in hospital on Saturday 15th December following a short illness.
Jonathan ignited his passion for broadcasting with Hospital Radio Bromley, leading to a career which would not only take him across the country but also overseas.
Jonathan started his BBC career at Radio Devon, before moving on to Radio Lincolnshire. He then joined BBC Radio Kent nearly 10 years ago.
Jonathan contributed to many different programmes on BBC Radio Kent - beginning as a radio car reporter for Barbara Sturgeon and then moving on to present the late afternoon programme.
Jonathan Witchell took a look at the pilgrimage that is the basis for the original Canterbury Tales in his series 'The New Canterbury Tales'.
For many years he produced the Saturday Carry-On with PJ and Harris - where his outside broadcast trips to France with the boys became an annual event. Regular listeners will also remember his Sunday afternoon programme which saw Jonathan interviewing an array of local celebrities in the Music Room.
Behind the scenes, Jonathan was also responsible for some of the most memorable highlights of the station's output. His documentary about James Bond in Kent - won him the accolade of Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year.
This summer he masterminded a unique collaboration between Dave Cash and Johnnie Walker to mark the 40th anniversary of the abolition of Pirate Radio.
Last year, Jonathan spent a year abroad - working with young journalists in Sri Lanka. This led to him working on the BBC World Service - where his reports were heard by millions around the world.
We'll remember Jonathan as someone who loved Kent - and loved radio. He had creative flair - and scrupulous attention to detail. He was simply one of the station's best all-rounders. He'll be sorely missed by staff and listeners to BBC Radio Kent - and we hope you'll remember Jonathan for the hours of programmes he produced over the past ten years.
If you wish to offer condolences BBC Radio Kent will pass them on his family. Please write to BBC Radio Kent, The Great Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1QQ, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
last updated: 23/01/2008 at 14:20