Brian Matthew, who died on Saturday morning aged 88, is remembered for his voice on BBC Radio 2 and presenting on TV for ITV.
He presented the show ‘Sounds of the 60s’ since April 1990 and stepped down in February after 27 years of hosting due to ill health. He also presented on the ITV show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, featuring music bands such as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Mr. Matthew hosted his farewell show in February, compiling his favourite tracks such as the 1962 ‘Last Night Was Made For Love’ by Billy Fury.
BBC director general Tony Hall said that he was “an outstanding broadcaster who entertained and engaged millions over generations”.
Head of Radio 2 Lewis Carnie also said that Mr. Matthew was a “much loved and valued presenter on Radio 2 – by both the audience and his colleagues” and added: “We had hoped to be able to carry on working with him in a new series where he could share his memories from his distinguished career with us. Sadly it was not to be.”
Responses on Twitter call Mr. Matthew “one of the true titans of radio” and “a true legend who brought incalculable hours of broadcasting pleasure”, according to @CrowleyOnAir and @MonkeyPicks.
TV and radio presenter Dermot O’Leary tweeted in response: “Very sad to hear one more of @bbcradio2’s titans has left us. Thoughts are with Brian’s family and his legions of loyal fans.”