Tributes paid to North East radio presenter Lisa Shaw

North East radio presenter Lisa Shaw has died in hospital at the age of 44 following a short illness.

*In a statement, Ms Shaw’s family commented: “Lisa developed severe headaches a week after receiving her AstraZeneca vaccine and fell seriously ill a few days later.

“She was treated by the Royal Victoria Infirmary intensive care team for blood clots and bleeding in her head.

“Tragically she passed away, surrounded by her family, on Friday afternoon. We are devastated and there is a Lisa-shaped hole in our lives that can never be filled. We will love and miss her always.

“It’s been a huge comfort to see how loved she was by everyone whose lives she touched, and we ask for privacy at this time to allow us to grieve as a family.”

Lisa hosted the daytime show on BBC Radio Newcastle from 10am till 2pm during the simplified pandemic programme schedules, and her last show was on 7th May.

Before joining the BBC in 2016, Lisa worked in commercial radio – well known for being one half of ‘Gary and Lisa’ at Breakfast on regional station Century/Real/Heart.

Lisa worked in radio for all of her radio career, which started when she joined Metro Radio as a journalist.

BBC Radio Newcastle announced the sad news this morning, with friends and colleagues paying tribute on social media.

Rik Martin, Acting Executive Editor at BBC Radio Newcastle, said: “Everyone at the station is devastated and thinking about Lisa’s lovely family. She was a trusted colleague, a brilliant presenter, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mum. She loved being on the radio and was loved by our audiences. We’ve lost someone special who meant a great deal to a great many people.”

Chris Burns, head of BBC Local Radio, said: “Lisa was a talented presenter who had already achieved a lot and would have achieved much more.

“She hosted a special programme at Easter broadcast on all 39 of our local stations in England, a fact that reflects the regard she was held in. My thoughts are with Lisa’s family, friends, and colleagues at this terrible time.”

*Updated with family statement on 29/05/2021

Posted on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 at 11:29 am by Roy Martin

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