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Former Top of the Pops host and BBC radio presenter Janice Long died on Christmas Day aged 66


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BBC radio presenter Janice Long, who was the first regular female presenter of Top of the Pops, has died after a “short illness” at the age of 66, her agent has announced.

Since 2017, Long hosted the evening show on BBC Radio Wales.

Nigel Forsyth, her agent, said in a statement: “Janice was a wonderful, warm human being and exceptional broadcaster.

“She told a brilliant story and always made you roar with laughter with her sharp wit. She will leave behind her husband Paul and two children who she thought the world of.”

Janice Long arriving at the The Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAS) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. 18-Oct-2018
Image: Janice Long at an awards ceremony in 2018

Lorna Clarke, controller of pop music at the BBC, was among those paying tribute.

She said: “Everyone in pop radio was saddened to hear of the passing of Janice Long.

“She was long admired for her role as a talent spotter and new music champion, giving Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Amy Winehouse their first radio sessions, as well as lighting the way for female radio and TV presenters throughout the industry.

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“We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this sad time.”

Live Aid Press Conference at Wembley Arena London, UK - 10 Jun 1985
Janice Long Adam Ant Elton John Bob Geldof Gary Kemp Midge Ure and Tony Hadley 10 Jun 1985
Image: Janice Long with Adam Ant, Elton John, Bob Geldof, Gary Kemp, Midge Ure, and Tony Hadley at Wembley in 1985 for Live Aid

Midge Ure was one musician who shared his thoughts.

He said on Twitter: “Dreadful news. Janice stood with us on the pitch at Wembley stadium as we announced Live Aid. A broadcast legend and absolute music lover.”

 Sky News

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