Monday 18 December 2017

Tributes to broadcaster Anderson

Greg Harkin

TRIBUTES have been paid to Gerry Anderson, one of the North's best-known TV and radio presenters, who has died, aged 69, following a long illness.

His death was announced on his home town station of BBC Radio Foyle yesterday.

Anderson was a gifted broadcaster who worked in TV and radio for three decades.

He brought humour to the airwaves during the darkest days of the Troubles, and always insisted on calling his native city Derry/Londonderry, before shortening it to 'Stroke City'.

Joe Mahon, former manager at Radio Foyle and presenter of the highly popular UTV series Lesser Spotted Ulster said: "He had a public persona certainly, and that was performance.

"He put his heart and soul into it, but he also kept an awful lot of himself to himself and to his family."

Former UTV presenter Gerry Kelly described him as "one of the most innovative and clever broadcasters" he had ever known.

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness said he was "very saddened" to hear of his passing, and added his loss to broadcasting will be "very, very deeply felt."

Anderson had been inducted into the UK's Radio Hall of Fame.

Irish Independent

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