Broadcaster Alan Coren dies
Posted by
Broadcaster Alan Coren dies

Regular BBC Radio 4 panellist on The News Quiz Alan Coren has died at the age of 69. Alan suffered from Cancer and was the only original surviving member of the Radio 4 programme. Mark Damazer has said his death was a "terrible loss".

Mark, Controller of Radio 4, said: "Alan was the heartbeat of The News Quiz – the man around whom so much turned for nearly 30 years. It was not only that he was consistently brilliantly funny. He was, but above and beyond that his humour burst with humanity and warmth.

"He could pick out the foibles of the mighty — and his own — with pinpoint accuracy, and yet at the same time he evoked sympathy for the human condition. He was fabulously well read and there was no subject which was ever beyond his wit. It's a terrible loss for his family and Radio 4."

In addition to his Radio 4 appearances he wrote both his own and the Notebook columns for The Times. He was editor of Punch from 1978 to 1987, and of The Listener from 1987 to 1989.

He had also written for Penthouse and The Daily Mail. In addition, he wrote an unsuccessful vehicle for Leonard Rossiter in 1978, The Loser, about a boxing promoter.

His son Giles Coren and daughter Victoria Coren both followed him into journalism. Alan Coren was born on 27 June 1938 and died on 19 October 2007.

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio - the radio industry's very own radio station. Listen now in a new window whilst you continue reading RadioToday or press play below.

0 0 388 19 October, 2007 Industry News 5:47 pm 200710 Friday, October 19th, 2007

Leave a Reply

Looking for something else?


Subscribe to our emails to stay informed about the latest radio news and products delivered straight to your inbox.

Related Posts

No related posts were found
WorldDAB General Assembly 2016 - November 9, 2016 at 10:00 am ()
Student Radio Awards - November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm (The O₂ 10 Entertainment Avenue, London, SE10 0DY, England)
BBC Gillard Awards - November 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Newcastle)
Audio Production Awards - November 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm (BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London)
Radio TechCon 2016 - November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB)
Salon de la Radio - January 29, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
Salon de la Radio - January 31, 2017 at 10:00 am (Paris)
More events