Legendary radio presenter Sir Jimmy Young CBE has died at the age of 95.
A family spokesman says he died peacefully at his home with his wife Alicia by his side.
Sir Jimmy was on BBC Radio 1 when it launched in 1967, on mid-mornings, and he stayed there until he joined BBC Radio 2 in 1973 for the JY Prog. He didn’t leave Radio 2 until the end of 2002.
Before the BBC, Jimmy worked at Radio Luxembourg, and had a career as a singer in the 1950s.
He returned to BBC Radio 2 in 2011 for a special one-hour programme in celebration of his 90th birthday.
Tributes started to appear as soon as the news was announced.
Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio said: “Sir Jimmy Young was a truly unique broadcaster who pioneered a form of presenting that generations have followed. He made Current Affairs relevant to millions of listeners and helped shape Radio 2 into the station it is today.”
Ken Bruce: “So very sad to hear about the death of my old friend Sir Jimmy Young. One of the most able broadcasters I ever worked with.”
LBC’s Iain Dale writes: “Much respect to Sir Jimmy Young who died today, aged 95. The word ‘legend’ is overused, but not in his case. A true icon of radio.”
Timmy Mallett tweeted: “RIP Sir Jimmy Young. His ‘unchained melody’ was number one on the day I was born.”
Mick Brown said: “Legendary DJ Jimmy Young has sadly died…..what a poxy year!! Radio heaven gets another top jock! TFN Jim.”
Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “Jimmy Young defined Radio 2 and was a true broadcasting pioneer. He will be dearly missed by his many fans.”