The BBC has released the following tributes to Brian Matthew

The BBC has released the following tributes to Brian Matthew, who sadly passed away earlier today.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General says: "Brian Matthew was an outstanding broadcaster who entertained and engaged millions over generations. He had a wonderful style of delivery and a real connection with his listeners.

"Brian was a true broadcasting great. We will all miss him and of course, that voice."

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2 says: "Brian was one of this country’s most popular and best loved presenters, delighting millions of listeners with his memories and favourite tunes on Sounds of the 60s for 27 years. On behalf of everyone at Radio 2, we send love and our best wishes to his family at this difficult time."

Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music, and former BBC Radio 2 Controller says: "Brian was a radio legend. For decades, his voice was the sound of Saturday mornings, giving pleasure to listeners on Sounds of the 60s with his wit and warmth. He will be sorely missed."

Brian, 88, stepped down from broadcasting Sounds of the 60s due to ill health earlier this year. Brian had presented the show since April 1990, and presented his last full show on November 19. On Saturday 25 February, Brian presented his final show, a compilation of his favourite moments from his time at Radio 2.

Transmission details of a Radio 2 tribute show will be announced next week.

April 8, 2017 4:00pm ET by BBC Radio 2  

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