Saturday 23 September 2017

David Jacobs

Broadcaster, best known for hosting Juke Box Jury, won legions of fans with his easy, friendly style

URBANE HOST: David Jacobs
URBANE HOST: David Jacobs

David Jacobs, who died last Monday aged 87, became one of Britain's best-known and popular broadcasters, mainly through his long-running presence on BBC radio; he also became famous on television in the Sixties as the urbane host of Juke Box Jury.

The softly-spoken Jacobs presided over a jury of four celebrities, as they pronounced newly released pop records either a hit or a miss. Whatever the verdict, Jacobs would invariably manage a wide, reassuring smile. Under his chairmanship Juke Box Jury was a popular weekly fixture from 1959 until 1967.

To this, as to all his broadcasting work, Jacobs brought huge middlebrow appeal, versatility and inexhaustible reserves of enthusiasm. His radio credits ranged from the sedate Housewives' Choice, his Sunday morning Melodies for You on Radio 2, Music from the Musicals and, on Radio 4, Any Questions? which, with its younger stablemate Any Answers?, he anchored for 17 years.

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