Tributes to David Jacobs

Date: 02.09.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
Category: Radio 2; Corporate
The distinguished broadcaster and BBC presenter David Jacobs passed away peacefully this morning at home, surrounded by his family. David was 87.

David stepped down from presenting his weekly BBC Radio 2 programme last month due to ill health, following a remarkable lifetime career during which he gained distinction and prominence as the host of peak-time radio and TV programmes from BBC’s Jukebox Jury and Pick Of The Pops to What’s My Line? and as Chairman of Any Questions? amongst many others.

In 1984, he received the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Radio and following his investiture as CBE, David was appointed Deputy Lieutenant and subsequently High Steward for the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and Popular Music, says: “David was a legend in broadcasting, not only for the Radio 2 audience, but for the whole population. He was a true giant of the BBC, whose career spanned seven decades on radio and television. His broadcast hallmarks were great taste, authority and warmth. I am sure his audience will feel they have lost a friend, as we all do here at Radio 2.”

Helen Boaden, Controller, BBC Radio, says: “From Jukebox Jury to Melodies For You on Radio 2, David's effortless presenting style belied his consummate professionalism. David was a true broadcasting legend as well as one of the industry’s best loved personalities, and he will be sorely missed by his devoted listeners. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family.”

Tony Hall, Director General, BBC, says: “I’m very sad indeed to hear the news about David. As a young and avid viewer of Jukebox Jury, I remember him every week scoring the hits and misses. And I was still listening to him just last month as he fronted his show The David Jacobs Collection on Radio 2. He was one of the great broadcast personalities, and we shall all miss him tremendously.”

Alan Boyd, Producer, BBC Radio 2, says: "I first met and worked with David in 1987, and took over producing his Radio 2 Sunday show 10 years ago. It was an instant friendship, sharing so many wonderful and fun times together, so much laughter, and so much timeless music - and he remained a close friend until the end. "Time Heals Everything" - I will miss him hugely. David - you enhanced and enriched my life. "

BBC Radio 2 will be paying tribute to David’s life with a number of special programmes in due course.

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