Radio broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young dies, aged 95

Radio broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young dies, aged 95
File photo dated 09/12/2002 of Jimmy Young.

Veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young has died at the age of 95.

The long-serving DJ, who spent almost three decades at BBC Radio 2, died "peacefully at home" with his wife Alicia by his side this afternoon, a family spokesman said.

Sir Jimmy was one of the original Radio 1 DJs at the station's inception in 1967.

File photo dated 29/10/1974 of Uri Geller (left) and Jimmy Young
File photo dated 29/10/1974 of Uri Geller (left) and Jimmy Young

He moved to Radio 2 in 1973 and filled the early afternoon slot until he retired in December 2002.

Sir Jimmy, who had a successful music career before becoming established as a broadcaster, interviewed each prime minister of the day during his time at the station, as well as many other leading world figures.

File photo dated 29/09/56 of Jimmy Young and his wife Sally at London Airport on their arrival from Nice.
File photo dated 29/09/56 of Jimmy Young and his wife Sally at London Airport on their arrival from Nice.

He had been off air for several months after surgery but returned for his final fortnight.

The show is now presented by Jeremy Vine.

LBC radio presenter Iain Dale tweeted: "Much respect to Sir Jimmy Young who died today, aged 95. The word 'legend' is overused, but not in his case. A true icon of radio."


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