BBC Radio 2 have today confirmed that legendary veteran broadcaster Brian Matthew, who famously hosted station staple Sounds of the 60s has passed away
BBC Director General Tony Hall paid tribute to the radio icon, saying: ‘Brian Matthew was an outstanding broadcaster who entertained and engaged millions over generations’ before continuing to add, ‘He had a wonderful style of delivery and a real connection with his listeners. Brian was a true broadcasting great. We will all miss him and of course, that voice.’
Fellow Radio 2 presenter Tony Blackburn, who took over from Brian last year following his declining health. also paid tribute to his colleague, ‘Brian was a broadcasting legend and his years on Sounds Of The Sixties were amazing. My thoughts are with his family. Brian R.I.P.’
His family released a brief statement, ‘Our beloved Brian Matthew passed away last night. We ask that our privacy is respected at this time.’
Brian Matthew presented his last full show in November 2016, before returning for a final special compilation in February this year. Mr Matthew had hosted the program since April 1990.
Check out the iconic soundbite of Matthew introducing The Beach Boys to UK radio below: