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BBC Radio Kent journalist dies

BBC Radio Kent broadcast journalist Jonathan Witchell has passed away at the age of 33 He died on Saturday 15th December following a short illness. Jonathan studied at Salford University before completing a Masters degree at Stirling University and joining BBC Radio Devon.

He started his BBC career as a Broadcast Assistant in Devon, before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire. In 1998 Jonathan landed at BBC Radio Kent and not content with limiting his broadcasting skills to just one programme, he became a regular contributor to the station at all hours of the day and night.

Last year, Jonathan spent a year abroad — working with new journalists in Sri Lanka. This led to him working on the BBC World Service — where his reports were heard by millions around the world.

Paying tribute to Jonathan, Radio Kent Managing Editor, Paul Leaper said: "This has been one of the hardest weeks in Radio Kent's history. Jonathan will be remembered as someone who loved Kent and loved radio. He had creative flair and scrupulous attention to detail.

"He was simply one of the station's best all rounders. I know he'll be sorely missed by all his colleagues and listeners to BBC Radio Kent. Our hearts to go out to his family at this difficult time."

Details of Jonathan's funeral are yet to be confirmed. However if listeners wish to offer their condolences, Radio Kent will pass them on his family.

Please write to BBC Radio Kent, The Great Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1QQ, or email radio.kent@bbc.co.uk.

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