Popular broadcaster Sheila Tracy dies
Sheila Tracy, famous for being the first woman to read the news on BBC Radio 4, has died.
Most recently, she has been on Pure Jazz Radio in the States and The Wireless in the UK.
Sheila worked for the BBC since the early 60s, joining the Light Programme before joining Radio 4 in 1974. She then joined BBC Radio 2 a few years later for overnights, becoming popular for her Truckers Hour feature between 1am and 2am.
She then went on to host the Big Band Special for 21 years on Radio 2 and did television continuity and news reading.
Current BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan paid tribute: “Sheila was a wonderful broadcaster with an extensive knowledge and love of big band music.
“She was a voice on BBC Radio 2 for over 20 years and was much loved by the audience. I’d like to extend my sympathies to her family.”
Clare Teal will pay tribute to Sheila on her Sunday show.