BBC radio presenter Mark Turnbull dies

Former BBC Tees host Mark Turnbull has died at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Saturday after a short illness, aged 50.

marktHe was very well known in the area having been at the station for 18 years.

Mark made his name as a journalist for PA and was the first blind chairman of a magistrate’s court in England, serving at Teesside Combined Courts.

The breakfast presenter also spent a year as president of the National Union of Journalists.

Tributes from radio friends have poured in on his Facebook page, including a message from BBC Tees Sports Editor Paul Addision, who said: “What a man. I have so many fond memories that will stay with me forever.”

BBC Tees Radio presenter and lifelong friend Ken Snowdon said: “In a grey world Mark was a burst of colour. The world is now more monochrome without him. I can’t imagine a world without him.”

A special tribute page has also been set up at facebook.com/MarkTurnbullRadio

A tribute was also made on BBC Radio 5 live:

Read more at the Chronicle website.

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 9:25 am by RadioToday

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