Biography

He produced many programmes for Radio 2 including Voices and Back Numbers, and documentaries on Nat King Cole, Josh White and Harlem's Savoy Ballroom.

Malcolm Laycock was a familiar voice on BBC Radio 2, having presented the series As Time Goes By, documentary programmes on Ted Heath, Joe Loss and Gilbert Becaud, and the series Traditionally British.

He produced many programmes for Radio 2 including Voices and Back Numbers, and documentaries on Nat King Cole, Josh White and Harlem's Savoy Ballroom.

Malcolm was known internationally for his broadcasts for BBC World Service including six years presenting the weekly Jazz For The Asking programme, and for his many series of Kings Of Swing and The Big Band Singers, and for the documentary Glenn Miller - The Legacy.

He was involved in setting up London's Jazz FM radio station and subsequently became the station's Programme Controller. From 1972 Malcolm worked at Radio London as a staff producer and presenter, working on news and current affairs for breakfast shows, sequence programmes and phone-ins. He also presented their weekly programme The Swinging Years for eight years. Later, he worked as a producer for Greater London Radio (GLR) Jazz.

Malcolm was awarded a Sony Radio Award for his programme Billie Holliday In Her Own Words.

Malcolm Laycock died on Sunday 8 November 2009.

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