TV and radio star David Jacobs dies
Broadcaster David Jacobs has died aged 87.
Jacobs presented peak-time radio and TV programmes such as Jukebox Jury and Pick Of The Pops, What's My Line? and Any Questions?
He stepped down from presenting his weekly Radio 2 programme last month due to ill health.
A BBC spokesman said Jacobs died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
In 1984, he received the Sony Gold Award for outstanding contribution to radio and, following his investiture as CBE, was appointed deputy lieutenant and subsequently high steward for the Royal Borough of Kingston.
Bob Shennan, controller of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and popular music, said: "David was a legend in broadcasting, not only for the Radio 2 audience, but for the whole population. He was a true giant of the BBC, whose career spanned seven decades on radio and television.
"His broadcast hallmarks were great taste, authority and warmth. I am sure his audience will feel they have lost a friend, as we all do here at Radio 2."
Helen Boaden, controller of BBC Radio, said: "From Jukebox Jury to Melodies For You on Radio 2, David's effortless presenting style belied his consummate professionalism.
"David was a true broadcasting legend, as well as one of the industry's best-loved personalities, and he will be sorely missed by his devoted listeners. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family."
Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said: "I'm very sad indeed to hear the news about David.
"He was one of the great broadcast personalities, and we shall all miss him tremendously."