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Popular BBC Radio Ulster presenter Gerry Anderson has died after a long illness.

Anderson (69) had been off air for almost two years due to ill-health.

The former showband guitarist had a 30-year career in broadcasting.

He also hosted a number of TV programmes on BBC Northern Ireland but it was his contribution to Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle for which he will be most remembered.

His irreverent morning phone-in show won him a legion of loyal fans.

Almost 10 years ago he was inducted into the UK Radio Hall of Fame.

Born in Londonderry/Derry, Anderson coined the alternative name "Stroke City" in a nod to the contention over what his home town should be called.

Director of BBC Northern Ireland Peter Johnston paid tribute to the veteran broadcaster.

"Our thoughts are with Gerry's wife and family," he said.

"Gerry was a man of great wit and mischief, but he also brought great wisdom and insight to what he did."