Brian Matthew

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Brian Matthew
Born(1928-09-17)17 September 1928
Died8 April 2017(2017-04-08) (aged 88)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma materBablake School
Years active1954–2017
EmployerBBC Radio 2
Known forSaturday Club, Easy Beat, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Round Midnight, Sounds of the 60s
Pamela Wickington (m. 1951–2017)

Brian Matthew (17 September 1928 – 8 April 2017)[1] was an English broadcaster. He worked for the BBC from 1954 until his retirement 2017. He began presenting Sounds of the 60s in 1990, often employing the same vocabulary and the same measured delivery he had used in previous years.

On 27 January 2017, the BBC announced that he would not return to the programme because of ill health.[2]

At the time of his retirement, Matthew was the oldest active DJ in Britain.[3]

Matthew was born on 17 September 1928 in Coventry, Warwickshire.[4] He studied at Bablake School. In 1951, he married Pamela Wickington. They had one son: Christopher.

In January 2017, Matthew collapsed at his home and was hospitalized in critical condition.[2] Matthew was reported to have died on 4 April 2017, but a BBC statement later explained this was a mistake, but remains "critically ill".[5] Matthew later died on 8 April 2017 at the age of 88.[6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Brian Matthew: A Tribute". BBC Online. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Brian Matthew leaves Sounds of the '60s". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. Singh, Anita (27 January 2017). "Radio 2 takes 'horrible' decision to replace Britain's oldest DJ Brian Matthew on Sounds of the 60s". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. "Brian Matthew".
  5. "Updated statement regarding Brian Matthew". BBC Press Office.
  6. "Brian Matthew: BBC Radio 2 broadcaster dies at 88". BBC. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  7. Harley, Nicola (8 April 2017). "Veteran Sounds of the 60s presenter Brian Matthew dies aged 88". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

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