Wednesday 21 February 2018

BBC wrongly announce death of veteran host Brian Mattew who is critically ill in hospital

BBC Radio 2 DJ Brian Matthew
BBC Radio 2 DJ Brian Matthew
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Brian Matthew has died, his family has said.

He died on Saturday morning at the age of 88. He had presented Sounds Of The 60s from April 1990 to November 2016.

On Thursday, the BBC mistakenly announced his death.

The corporation then issued a clarification, revealing it had been informed by a member of Brian's family that he had passed away during the night on Tuesday and they had agreed to broadcast the news.

However, the family later informed the BBC that Brian was still alive but critically ill.

A spokesman for the corporation said: "We were informed by close family and friends that Brian had passed away in the night.

"They have since been in contact to say that he remains critically ill."

The statement added: "We will update with more information when we have it. Our thoughts remain with his family at this very difficult time."

The DJ had stepped down from hosting his show, Sounds of the 60s in November but had recorded a compilation in February.

The BBC tweeted from its breaking news feed, "BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Brian Matthew is not dead, but critically ill, station clarifies after announcing his death."

Prior to the clarification several people had made tributes to Brian, including Lord Hall of Birkenhead, the director general of the BBC.

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