Brian Matthew critically ill but still alive
The BBC now says Brian Matthew remains critically ill, following reports earlier today that he had died.
A statement issued by the BBC Press Office at 2.09pm today (Weds 5th April 2017) said: “We were informed by close family and friends that Brian had passed away in the night. They have since been in contact to say that he remains critically ill. We will update with more information when we have it. Our thoughts remain with his family at this very difficult time.”
At lunchtime, Radio 2 had announced Brian’s death in its midday news bulletin along with a tribute from Jeremy Vine:
The news of his passing was widely reported by the media both in the UK and abroad, with many tributes also paid to Brian on Twitter by colleagues and musicians.
Brian presented Sounds of the 60s on Radio 2 between 1990 and November last year, returning for a special farewell edition in February this year ahead of changes to the station’s schedule. He had previously hosted arts magazine show Round Midnight from 1978 to 1990, having joined the BBC in the 1950s as host of Saturday Skiffle Club on the Light Programme.