Oldest BBC presenter dies
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Oldest BBC presenter dies

John Taylor, known to be the oldest presenter on BBC Radio and host of a weekly Sunday programme on BBC Radio Norfolk has died.

John died on Wednesday, peacefully in his sleep. His programme this week will feature a tribute to the veteran broadcaster.

Radio Norfolk Editor David Clayton paid tribute to John Taylor: "It really is an end of a era for us. John was a real character who could talk with knowledge and passion about Norwich and Norfolk from his own special perspective of 85 years. He loved coming into Radio Norfolk and it won't be the same without him. We are all very sad here and share the loss with his family."

The BBC's Head of Region, Tim Bishop, adds: "John was a unique Norfolk character. A man with a well of stories and a deep love and knowledge of the county and the music and characters he grew up with. If there's a comfort in his passing it's that he goes still able to say proudly, right until the end, that he was almost certainly Britain's oldest radio producer and presenter – something recognised by both the Queen and his colleagues.

"And you just know if there is a Music Hall to be found somewhere, preferably with Marie Lloyd on the bill, John will find it and be blissfully happy."

Many of those who worked with him over the years on the radio will be sharing memories, anecdotes and will be joined by John's son – author D.J. (David) Taylor.

They will also replay John's favourite programme, which he made about his Father – known as T.T. Taylor the Popular Comedian.

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0 0 547 09 November, 2006 Industry News 1:40 am 200611 Thursday, November 9th, 2006

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