Tributes paid to Radio 4's Peter Donaldson
Tributes paid to Radio 4’s Peter Donaldson
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Tributes paid to Radio 4’s Peter Donaldson

The voice of BBC Radio 4 for a generation, Peter Donaldson, has died at the age of 70.

Jamie Angus, Editor of the Today Programme tweeted the news this morning as the station made the announcement in the early news.

He joined BBC Radio 2 in 1970 then switched to BBC Radio 4 in 1973. He then had a brief stint with Radio Hallam when it launched in 1974 but quickly returned to the BBC. His last radio news bulletin was in 2012 on New Year’s Eve.

Friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to the broadcaster, who died from cancer last night.

Huw Edwards writes: “Peter Donaldson. Wonderful friend and generous colleague. We will miss him.” Jeremy Vine tweeted: “Peter Donaldson, who has died, was a brilliant BBC newsreader. Once, feeling irritated with bosses, he announced himself as Donald Peterson.”

Moose Allain adds: “Sharing the sadness about Peter Donaldson’s death. With a lifetime of listening to Radio 4, a voice that is part of the fabric of my life.”

Colleage Corrie Corfield has blogged about Peter, saying: “I can’t quite believe I’m writing this – even though I’ve known for a while it was inevitable after the cruel, hateful, vile cancer had taken hold.

“I saw Peter for the last time only two weeks ago and was braced, but it is still a terrible shock – 70 is no age these days – and it is completely heartbreaking. I loved Peter. He was a huge part of my life for over 27 years – a good friend, a superb broadcaster, a mentor, an ally, a rock, and the best boss I’ve ever had.

“For some of us at Radio 4 Presentation he was, and always will be, our other “Dad”.

Hear his last programme on BBC Radio 4 via David Lloyd’s Radio Moments:

Photo from Jonathan Hayles, BBC Radio News.

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