David Jacobs: 'Broadcasting Legend' Dies At 87
Radio and TV presenter David Jacobs has died at the age 87 - as friends and colleagues paid tribute calling him a "broadcasting legend".
Jacobs died peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
Last month he stepped down from presenting his weekly BBC Radio 2 show which he had hosted for 16 years due to ill health.
He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and had been treated for liver cancer, which kept him off air for some time during the past two years.
Jacobs had also presented peak-time radio and TV programmes such as Jukebox Jury, Pick Of The Pops, What's My Line? and Any Questions?
In 1984, he received the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to radio and, following his investiture as CBE, was appointed deputy lieutenant and subsequently high steward for the Royal Borough of Kingston.
The presenter, whose hour-long David Jacobs Collection programme was broadcast on Sunday nights, had said he hoped to host occasional shows later in the year.
He said: "Over the past two years, Radio 2 has given me time to be treated for liver cancer and Parkinson's disease.
"My producer, Alan Boyd, has been a tower of strength in so many ways and I thank him profusely. We shared a love of so many records and wonderful music.
"I will not stop collecting but my sadness will be that I cannot share them with all my loyal listeners. But rest assured, I will be back from time to time."
Boyd said: "I first met and worked with David in 1987, and took over producing his Radio 2 Sunday show 10 years ago.
"It was an instant friendship, sharing so many wonderful and fun times together, so much laughter, and so much timeless music - and he remained a close friend until the end."
Disc jockey Tony Blackburn said on Twitter: "Very sad to hear that David Jacobs has passed away, another great broadcaster no longer with us. I'm proud to have known him. RIP David."
Music presenter Bob Harris tweeted: "So very sad to hear the news about David Jacobs, my friend and mentor. He gave me my first-ever mention on the radio on my 15th birthday."
Helen Boaden, controller of BBC Radio, said: "From Jukebox Jury to Melodies For You on Radio 2, David's effortless presenting style belied his consummate professionalism.
"David was a true broadcasting legend, as well as one of the industry's best-loved personalities, and he will be sorely missed by his devoted listeners. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family."
Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said: "He was one of the great broadcast personalities, and we shall all miss him tremendously."